Planning application in for Portavadie Marina spa and leisure building

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The planning application for the Portavadie Marina’s new leisure building and pools has now been lodged with Argyll and Bute Council.

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The plans are stunning. The panoramic view above and site map below show the location of the new high-end leisure facility at the marina – facing west near the sea entrance, left of the marina-side apartments near the two story glass restaurant building,.

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The new building is fully in line with the nature, style and detail of the current establishment at the Portavadie Marina resort in their architectural consistency and in the high calibre of the facilities they will provide.

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These include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa, cafe/bar, deli, gym, play areas and multi-use spaces. The spa-deck is seen below.

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The building and external spaces are heated (and cooled) by the new Portavadie Energy Centre – which has a biomass CHP plant, fuelled by our the business’s own forest resource. This is all part of making the development self-sufficient in energy – an environmentally and commercially forward-looking initiative.

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It’s not hard to see why architect Brian Stewart, of Brian Stewart Associates – when he had seen the first phase of the resort completed, cited this next stage as his dream next job.

The detail of the ground floor plan of the new facility is shown below, with the main water-based resources, changing, rooms, cafe restaurant; and access to the sun decks and the outdoor pools.

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The First Floor plan, below, is for the treatment rooms, changing rooms, spa pools and the Spa Deck in the artist’s impression graphic, second above the ground floor plan,

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What has marked the Portavadie enterprise from the start has been the coherent vision and the teamwork shared in galvanism by its owners, its architect, Brian Stewart and key staff like General Manager, Iain Jurgensen – and the engagement of Argyll and Bute Council’s planning staff, who must see this major project as a glittering adornment to their achievements.

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Portavadie Marina also plays an inventive and committed role in the purposeful strategic drive of Argylll and the Isles Tourism, in the three annual Tourism Summits to date and in contributing energetically to the first two mass attacks of the industry here on VisitScotland’s annual Tourism Expo.

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Construction of this phase of the facilities at Portavadie is programmed from 13th December to an opening in Christmas 2014. The bird’s eye image above underlines the clever balance between its easy relationship to the rest of the complex and its effective seclusion.

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Everything about Portavadie marina:

  • from the  ‘hard marquee’ for weddings, functions and conferences, with its front patio leading to the observation deck along the marina;
  • to the fabulous apartments with double height sitting rooms and saunas in their bathrooms;
  • to the two tier glass bar and restaurant, with its triangular glass tower and illuminated ‘suspended’ viewing floors;
  • to the quality of the food it serves and the events it hosts;
  • to the friendly superefficiency of the staff;
  • to the variety and affordability of its superb accommodation and facilities, with the lodges near the ferry slip from Tarbert on west Loch Fyne offering family self catering apartments, an in-house restaurant and a bed and a bunk for hikers and cyclists;
  • to the endless interest of the boats on the pontoons – including some beautiful classic yachts…

This is all about chilling out, out of time.

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Everyone concerned with the development of this leading business in the tourism offer of Argyll and the Isles – the owners, the architect, the builders, the staff, the Argyll and Bute Council planners – and the boat owners who must think every day is a fantasy  – have a great deal to be proud of. And the rest of us have a bolt hole like no other, on our own doorstep.

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