Search for tenants begins as £500,000 development on Amble quayside takes shape

Construction has started on Amble quayside on a new two storey office for Warkworth Harbour Commissioners.

Monday, 16th November 2020, 12:45 pm

The port authority that owns, operates and maintains the harbour ran a tender competition for the contract and chose local firm DP Builders.

The £500,000 development is on a prime site next to the Fish Shack.

Maurice Burnett, chairman of the Commissioners said: "We are very pleased with progress to date - the foundations are down and the walls are going up quickly.

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Maurice Burnett, chairman of Warkworth Harbour Commissioners.

"The timetable aims for completion by Easter next year, weather permitting."

Ewan Paterson of DP Builders said: "DP Builders are delighted to have been awarded the contract to construct the new Harbour Commissioners' offices.

"As a local builder and employer, it’s great to be involved in this project. We look forward to completion in spring next year and seeing the transformation to the area that this will bring."

In line with the Commissioners' aim to create a ‘Green Beach’ in the Little Shore area, the building will use less energy by converting consumption to renewable energy sources.

The new office will be heated by an air source heat pump system, complemented with solar panels on the roof.

The Commissioners’ are now looking for tenants for the four, ground floor retail or office units, which will be available early summer 2021.

"We want the right blend of businesses to complement and not compete with our existing tenants in the Little Shore area which are the Fish Shack, Waggs, The Beauty Room and The Window Dresser,” said Mr Burnett.

"We are really looking for businesses with year-round activity. If you fit the bill and are looking for a new space, please contact the Harbour Office on [email protected] to discuss details."

In addition, as the harbour master and office team will relocate to the new building, the Commissioners are looking for a tenant or tenants for their current office, which is a single storey, stone building with many original features and historical significance. It was originally the Customs Office for the port.

The Commissioners are offering, as an alternative option, a five-year lease for the whole building.

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