Concepted almost 40 years ago, Brighton Marina has become the largest Marina complex in Europe.
1970's: In 1971 huge reinforced concrete cassions each weighing 600 tonnes were fabricated on site and put into place by a giant 600 tonne crane constucted on site. In 1973 the final cassions of the West Breakwater were laid. By 1977 the infrastructure of the Marina was completed and the yacht berths were in the process of instalation.
With Land areas below sea level at high tide a sea wall was built for protection. A lock provided access to the inner harbour- this is one of the largest non-commercial locks in Europe. In 1978 the Marina was opened to boats. HM The Queen opened the Marina after a tour with HRH The Dule of Edinburgh.
1980's: Construction costs far exceeded the original budget. Backers were reluctant to give further funding so the development stopped. In 1985 the Marina taken over by Brent Walker and led by flamboyant boxer turned businessman George Walker. He immediately brought in a superstore operator and developed a village square with shops and restaurants, followed by flats and houses built on promonitories overlooking the inner harbour. A 1600 space multistory car park and cinema complex was completed in 1988.
2000 ONWARDS: Brunswick developments put plans into place that would transform Brighton Marina. Experts concentrated on individual areas. A residential development of 800 homes was undertaken by Barrat.
The Marina was leased to Premier Marinas who operated five of the UK's largest Marinas. The commercial estate was developed by Parkridge for retail and leisure which produced the "Waterfront" opened for business in 2002 this boasted retail units, a hotel and reastaurants with spectacular views over the Marina. In 2007 the commercial estate was sold for £64 million to X-Leisure. This was the UK's fastest growing premier leisure brand and to date boasts a total 16 leisure destinations nationwide.
The Future: A project as large and varied as Brighton Marina never stands still. Plans are currently being formulated for further commercial and residential development. The vibrant atmosphere of the Marina, being so close to the City of Brighton is proving to be an attractive location to work and live.