New Seaham Marina gains further accolades

LANDMARK ACHIEVEMENT: Councillor Pauline Charlton, chairman of Durham County Council, presents Tony Forster, regeneration manager, and Lisa Jordan, marina manager, with the outstanding award.
LANDMARK ACHIEVEMENT: Councillor Pauline Charlton, chairman of Durham County Council, presents Tony Forster, regeneration manager, and Lisa Jordan, marina manager, with the outstanding award.
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THE transformation of an industrial dock to a marina has won another award.

Seaham Marina has been highlighted as an outstanding project alongside Durham University’s science site at the County Durham Environment Awards.

The developments scooped the top accolades at the ceremony, which is now in its 24th year.

The awards are organised by the County Durham Environment Partnership to recognise great design and environmental achievement as well as contribution to the community.

This year, 55 entries were received from businesses, community groups, schools, colleges and public and private organisations across County Durham.

Seaham Marina was created using the North Dock of the harbour, which was built to export coal and import other materials.

Now the £3.2million project is home to a business complex, which features a cafe and jet ski club, heritage centre which houses the restored George Elmy lifeboat and pontoons for 77 boats.

The regeneration work won the Project of the Year Award last year at the Civil Engineering Contractors Association when it was being developed by Lumsden and Carroll, with the accolade recognising its efforts to install a custom built hydraulic gate to protect boats during changing tides, the pontoons and slipways and the business centre.

The £48million gateway development by Durham University is the base for its law school, student services, library extension and headquarters for 300 of its staff.

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at the Banks Group, who is a member of the judging panel, said: “The development of Seaham Harbour Marina has integrated modern sustainable facilities into the existing historic features of the harbour to create a new commercial and leisure environment.

“Durham University’s science site has incorporated sustainable principles throughout its design and development and these principles are now a benchmark for future developments within the university.”

Terry Collins, chairman of the partnership, said: “Once again we had a very high standard of entries, and it is fitting that we are able to recognise those who have gone the extra mile to improve and enhance the environment in County Durham.”

The awards are administered by Durham County Council on behalf of the partnership.

The awards are backed by organisations including Groundwork North East, Sita UK, Banks Group, Durham Wildlife Trust, Northern Powergrid and English Heritage.