Client: Saundersfoot Harbour Commissioners
Location: Oceans Square, Saundersfoot
Services: Planning Consultancy & Landscape Architecture
The Urbanists are appointed as planning consultants and landscape architects as part of a multi-disciplinary team to progress the key Wales International Coastal Centre projects in Saundersfoot comprising: the Marine Centre of Excellence; the Events’ Deck; the Schooner education centre; and the Ocean Square project.
We advised on, and secured an amended full planning permission for the revised MCoE project. This provides a restaurant, overnight accommodation, class rooms, and boat workshop, located prominently adjacent to the harbour wall.
Following this we gained permission for the variation of the events’ deck, over the tidal lagoon, which was completed in time to enable the village to host the summer events.
We have also managed the planning process for the proposed Schooner exhibition centre. This unique proposal is a new building, based on a traditional boat design, and comprising space for education, exhibitions, and food and drink.
Finally we have managed the Ocean Square planning application at the heart of the village. This comprises the refurbishment, re-use and extension of the former Coal Building, plus the provision of 15 commercial units, and a new outdoor / covered square. We managed the complicated planning process to address critical issues including impact on the conservation area; landscape impact; economic and regeneration benefits; flood risk; and ecology.
The Urbanists also acted as landscape architects for the landscape works associated with the prestigious Ocean Square project. The scheme involved the relocation of memorial trees, the replacement of trees which were recently subject to tree preservation orders, and detailed landscape design to enhance the site setting and its impact on the conservation area. The approach required the use of robust plant species which thrive in coastal environments.
F&G are project managers, and Powell Dobson are project architects www.powelldobson.com