MORE than 20 businesses opened their doors and held a party to mark the grand unveiling of a new £5.8m boatyard.
Premier Marinas officially unveiled its new boatyard development at Swanwick Marina, on the River Hamble, with a grand ceremony yesterday.
Visitors to the site enjoyed the sunny afternoon and got to see the facilities, which include 21 marine businesses.
The investment was welcomed by ward councillor and Fareham Borough Council leader Sean Woodward, who unveiled a plaque on one of the new buildings.
He said: ‘It is fantastic for Fareham and fantastic for Sarisbury. It has created around 200 jobs on the site and I know that other businesses will be moving here from other marinas.
‘The buildings are really spacious and well located and it is part of the transformation of Premier Marinas that we are just starting to see come to fruition.
‘It is a great development for the area.’
Premier Marinas chief executive Pete Bradshaw said: ‘We invested about £6m into building a new launch facility, dry-storage facility, and 21 counter and office facilities for leisure boaters.
‘Premier Marinas prides itself on providing first-class facilities and customer service at all its marinas.
‘The new boatyard will provide an unrivalled boatyard on the River Hamble and, in turn, the expansion of the marina will encourage growth across the whole site, attracting further businesses and generating more employment in the area.’
Throughout the day a variety of activities and entertainment were on offer including a two-part dance display performed by aerial silk dancers, a performance from band Fat Cats, a hog roast and Warsash Sea Cadets performed a range of modern and traditional tunes.
Visitors were able to walk around the modernised boatyard and view the new facilities and equipment which include a hoist bay, specialist forklift, new fuel pontoon with high-speed pump, waiting pontoon and dry stack for boats up to 11 metres.
There were demonstrations and expert advice was on hand from companies such as Sea Ventures, Ancasta, Princess, Sunseeker, MiCats, Clipper and Landau.