Thursday, 23 September 2021 00:00

Great Yarmouth’s new Marina Centre – topping out ceremony

Written by  Judy Foster
Rate this item
(1 Vote)
Great Yarmouth’s new Marina Centre – topping out ceremony

Great Yarmouth’s new Marina Centre, currently taking shape on the resort’s seafront, today (Thursday 23 September) moved another step closer to opening its doors to the public when a ‘topping out’ ceremony was held.

Pouring a celebratory glass of locally-brewed beer over the top-most beam of the building, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Cllr Carl Smith described the ceremony as “a great privilege for me” as he marked the completion of the exterior of the centre.

He said: “We’ve now reached an exciting milestone in the construction of this landmark building. This new state-of-the-art visitor destination will be a major year-round boost for Great Yarmouth and the surrounding area, bringing great benefits in supporting the health and wellbeing of our community and visitors for many years to come. It is also a stunning addition to our seafront.”

The old Marina Centre closed to the public on 31 October two years ago and was demolished between February and August last year. Great Yarmouth Borough Council appointed contactors Morgan Sindall Construction last November and they broke ground in January this year. Since then, the building has rapidly taken shape in a very short amount of time and with the project on schedule and on budget, it will open its doors to the public in summer next year.

This £26million project is a major investment for the borough and is funded by the council, with £2.5million secured from the Government’s Getting Building Fund via the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, £1.6million from Sport England, and £500,000 from Pooled Business Rates.

“We are hugely grateful to the New Anglia LEP and to Sport England for their financial support of this important project which was crucial in enabling us to push forward with it and which, in turn, will act as a catalyst to encourage further investment into our area,” Cllr Smith said.

Alister Broadberry, area director for Morgan Sindall Construction East, said: “Seeing the Great Yarmouth Marina Centre take shape has been really rewarding for the whole team, as it’s a truly transformational project that promises to deliver a long-list of benefits for the local area. 

Marina_Centre_Topping_Out_Ceremony.jpg

“Today’s ceremony underlines just how well works are progressing at what will be a first-class health and fitness centre. Working closely with Great Yarmouth Borough Council and the community has been crucial throughout our work on the centre, in order to ensure that it will deliver the most value possible for the people living, working in and visiting the town.”

In the construction industry, ‘topping out’ ceremonies are viewed as a builders' rite, traditionally held when the last beam is put in place atop a structure during its construction. This often involves pouring a beer over the top of the building or placing a tree or branch on it.

L_-_R_Chris_Starkie_Chief_Executive_of_New_Anglia_LEP_and_Alister_Broadberry_Area_Manager_for_Morgan_Sindall_Cllr_Carl_Smith_Mayor_of_Great_Yarmouth_Cllr_Adrian_Thompson.jpg

Last modified on Thursday, 23 September 2021 19:37

Visit the following businesses

cache/resized/2795ffd277c93789c78890bc4512e87e.jpg
Stuart House Hotel
We are a small family run hotel situated in its own grounds and just a short walk from the centre of the historical town and port of Kings Lynn. The original house dates back to Victorian times when it was the private residence of a prominent King's ...
Explore
cache/resized/ac5d49955b44575b2fd020bafef8ead9.jpg
Diamond Life Holistic Centre
Balance your body, mind and soul with a range of holistic and organic therapies As a group of holistic therapists who are passionate about health, well-being and self development. We enjoy Creating health and well-being for all our clients.  ...
Explore
cache/resized/fc9faca15720491eb1dd22479f4f59dd.jpg
Bure Valley Railway
The Bure Valley Railway is Norfolk’s longest Narrow Gauge Steam Railway and operates between the old market town of Aylsham and the bustling Broads towns of Wroxham and is within easy reach of Norwich and the coast.   It was built on the ...
Explore
cache/resized/dfe2e6a1bbc15995905c3ef22dc9e5eb.jpg
Paul Dickson Tours
Paul Dickson is an independent tour guide offering walking tours in Norwich and the Broads National Park. Book Paul direct for the following tours: Norwich Tours Shardlake's Norwich Norwich: An Introduction Norwich: A Black History ...
Explore
cache/resized/ecd9b8ab8464cd6ab7d37b6d24899013.jpg
The Fur & Feather Inn
Our loyal band of customers already know how good the food and drink is at The Fur and Feather Inn - it's what keeps them coming back. Don't just take our word for it, we're featured in the Good Pub Guide, CAMRA's Good Beer Guide and nominated for ...
Explore
cache/resized/637490b9dd89f440d7d32eb17ea41d0f.jpg
M Shepherd Optometrist
M Shepherd Optometrist is your local Opticians for all your eyecare needs with high quality, honest, professional and personal advice and service. We offer comprehensive eye examinations, ocular health checks, contact lens assessments and aftercare ...
Explore
benefits banner

Related items

  • Council celebrates completion of Wellesley ticket office refurbishment

    Designed by the prestigious Great Yarmouth Borough Architect J. W. Cockerill back in 1888, refurbishment works on the dilapidated building which was once the ticket office at Wellesley Recreation Ground are now complete.

    The work, which was was carried out by Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, was funded by a grant from Coastal Revival Fund awarded to the Wellesley project in 2018. The Coastal Revival Fund supports projects which help revive heritage assets that are important to local communities but have not yet reached their full potential or are facing neglect. 

    Situated to the south west corner of the recreation ground adjacent to the gate on the corner of Wellesley Road and Albermarle Road, the building had suffered extensive rot after falling into a state of disrepair once it was no longer used. 

  • More attractions unveiled for Great Yarmouth and Gorleston’s Christmas in The Parks

    Live music and a virtual reality experience are just some of the additional attractions for this year’s Christmas in The Parks events in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.

    Dozens of stalls will make up Christmas markets on the two sites, offering plenty of opportunities for festive shopping, alongside a selection of food and drink vendors to help make the market’s a treat to visit in themselves.

    Now Great Yarmouth Borough Council has unveiled more attractions to keep the whole family entertained.

  • CIRCUS Art exhibition at The Yare Gallery in association with Peter Jay, Hippodrome Circus.

    The newly opened Yare Gallery, on Great Yarmouth’s historic South Quay overlooking the river, opens this week (Friday) with an amazing collection of circus paintings and artefacts from famous artists, many of whom are Norfolk and Suffolk based and internationally known painters of circus subjects – Bruer Tidman, has been painting the Hippodrome circus since 1984, and has over a dozen paintings in the show.

    Colin Self an English Pop Artist who has over 30 works in the Tate, will have 6 of his clowns on display and a series of circus themed sculptures created from tin cans , Will Teather a leading figurative artist will have one of his famous spheres and a series of circus paintings, Mark Burrell, a Lowestoft based realist painter who tells great stories through his paintings and Peter Rodulfo, living in Great Yarmouth but who has travelled and exhibited across the world, plus a host of local and national artists who have embraced the theme of CIRCUS for our winter art exhibition. 

    We also have a display of children’s artworks from a competition held to coincide with this event.  With additional props from the Hippodrome Circus here in Great Yarmouth, our entire 3 storey 17th Century Merchants House is a feast for the eyes.

    Exhibition will be on from 12 November 2021 – 13 January 2022 and we will be open Tuesday to Saturday 11-5 (last entry 4.30) this free to enter art gallery on the east coast of England is a must visit. With parking available and just a short stroll from the train station. Opening in early summer this year, this is The Yare Gallery’s 4th exhibition and promises a cornucopia of delights for all tastes and pockets – much like the Hippodrome itself.

  • Sunrise to Moonrise in Great Yarmouth

    If you wrap up warm and embrace the fresh North Sea breeze, the rolling sands of North Denes offer up its own barren beauty to brighten the shorter days of winter. This quiet spot, washed in salty mists and dotted with tussocks of marram grass, is a favourite with dog walkers and adventurers who want to get the most out of their day.

    Be the first to greet the morning by heading down to the beach before sunlight. If you want to take breakfast with you, a flask of coffee and Pastéis de Nata from one of Great Yarmouth’s Portuguese stores makes a fine treat.

    Nestle down in the shelter of the dunes and watch the sun as it rises up and over the sea, full of promise for the new day.

  • Council funds improvements to heighten standards of local athletics track

    Earlier this year, Great Yarmouth Borough Council funded the necessary improvement required by the Great Yarmouth and District Athletics Club to ensure they met the TrackMark requirements for the athletics track which surrounds the main football pitch at the Wellesley recreational ground. 

    TrackMark is UK Athletics’ new quality assurance scheme for outdoor Track & Field Athletics facilities. TrackMark was developed in consultation with track operators, track and field athletics clubs and National Sports Councils and is an accreditation process that utilises a simple web-based portal. A venue that achieves TrackMark will be recognised by UKA as having well managed, compliant facilities that are accessible to participants of all abilities.

    As England’s stock of athletics tracks age, TrackMark provides venue operators with a professional assessment of their track and field facilities alongside a time phased action plan designed to achieve and maintain the minimum facility and equipment standards required by the sport’s governing body.

Newsletter

© All Things Norfolk 2008 - 2021
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.