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Marina & Waterfront Design

RPS has over 30 years experience in planning and designing Marinas and Waterfront developments.

Over the past three decades, RPS has been responsible for planning and design of many waterfront development and marina schemes both nationally and internationally. We have designed and supervised the installation of several thousand pontoon berths and major floating breakwaters around the UK and overseas. Approximately, a further 3,000 berths are at various stages of design.

RPS has provided consultancy advice in waterfront developments to private companies, local and central governments, and can be relied upon to provide dedicated impartial advice to exacting standards.

Many of our RPS consultants working on marina and waterfront developments are experienced yachtsmen who have cruised extensively thus experiencing a wide range of marina facilities. This makes them ideally placed to provide services such as:


Planning, Environmental and Consenting Advice

Project Management

Health & Safety Advice

Engineering, Architectural and Landscape Design

Feasibility Studies, Design and Contract Documentation, Project Management and Construction Supervision for marina developments up to £200M

Geotechnical Design

Wave Climate Assessment utilizing in-house computer modelling

Design of various forms of breakwater type in exposed locations

Design of pontoon layouts for small vessels to mega yachts and tall ships

Design of pontoon structures, access bridges, locating piles, anchor systems

Design of pontoon services, lighting, water and power

Design of on-shore related infrastructure

Advice on business planning and economic assessment

Facilities management and planned maintenance.

Case Studies

Bangor Harbour Development

Bangor Harbour Development

North Down Borough Council

RPS was appointed by North Down Borough Council to undertake the detailed design and project management of a £18m seafront development scheme at Bangor Harbour. RPS was the lead consultant on this prestigious development.


Overall lead design consultant

Project Management and contract administration

Feasibility Study and Computational and Physical Hydraulic Modelling

Design of major breakwaters 300m, quays, dredging and 550 berth pontoon layout

Utilisation of specialist concrete armour units

Design of landside development including administration building, promenade, car parks and leisure facilities

Overall Port, Harbour, Marina and Recreational Area Planning

Boat Hoist Design

Integration of proposals into Town Planning

Awarded the concrete society prize for innovative use of concrete units

Bantry Waterfront Development

Bantry Waterfront Development

Bantry Bay Harbour

RPS was appointed by Bantry Bay Harbour Commissioners to develop a master plan for a waterfront development in Bantry Bay Inner Harbour.


Feasibility report detailing various development proposals including dredging of the inner harbour, land reclamation re-using dredged material, disposal of dredged material and provision of marina facilities

Scope, procure and supervise site investigation

Provision of 150-200 berths

Identify all necessary licences and statutory processes required for the Contract Document Stage.

EIS to cover all works associated with the development including dredging, construction and project completion

Computational modelling of wave tidal effects associated with the development proposals.

Identify and prioritise options for phasing the implementation of the recommended Bantry Inner Harbour development option

Caladh Mor Sheltered Harbour Development

Caladh Mor Sheltered Harbour Development

Galway County Council

RPS was appointed by Galway County Council to carry out a preliminary design, licence approvals, detailed design, preparation of Tender Documents and supervision for Caladh Mor Sheltered Harbour Development, Inishmann.

The works included:

All consenting procedures and Environmental Impact Statement

Successful approval of planning through An Bord Pleanala

Detailed design of marine structures, breakwaters, roads and services

Geotechnical design

Wave modelling of existing and proposed developments

Tender & Contract Administration

260m offshore/onshore Breakwater utilising X-Bloc armour units

New pier construction with concrete access road and surfacing

35,000m3 rock dredging

The project attained the Concrete Society award for sustainable reuse of dredged material in the concrete armour units.

Carrickfergus Marina Waterfront Development

Carrickfergus Marina Waterfront Development

Carrickfergus Borough Council

RPS was appointed by Carrickfergus Borough Council to carry out a feasibility study, market assessment, planning, design and supervision of this 360 berth marina and waterfront development.


Design and project management of breakwaters, dredging, reclamation and 300 berth pontoon layout

Masterplanning and project management of ongoing landside commercial and residential development

Masterplanning and integration of proposals into Town Planning

Overall Port, Harbour, Marina and recreational area Planning

Design of landside development including administration building, promenade, car parks and leisure facilities

Boat Hoist Arrangement

Contract documentation and administration

Warrenpoint Marina

Warrenpoint Marina

Warrenpoint Harbour Authority

RPS was appointed by Warrenpoint Harbour Authority to undertake a technical and financial feasibility study and market assessment for the provision of a marina at the seafront development site.


Development strategy in accordance with town and waterfront masterplan

Technical assessment of site suitability

Investigation of operational issues with adjacent port activity

Market assessment for establishing berth capacity and size distribution

Initial design and breakwaters and berthing arrangement

Public display of proposals and consultation with interested parties.