The Wales International Coastal Centre at Saundersfoot Harbour is nestled neatly into the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Saundersfoot has been a popular Welsh holiday destination for generations due to its abundance of Blue Flag beaches, year-round tourist attractions, heritage sites, and 186 miles of Coastal Path; Pembrokeshire already attracts around 5 million visitors a year with a gross visitor spend of almost £600 million.
The Marine Centre of Excellence, to be completed by December 2019, will be the first of the large buildings which is positioned directly overlooking the golden sand beach and sheltered Blue flag water of Carmarthen Bay, offering stunning unrestricted Coastal Views. This will includes such facilities such as a 90 covers restaurant and café area, activity/water sports facility, engineering workshop, chandlery/ commercial unit, marine /engineering servicing/brokerage and short stay accommodation rooms for visitors to the harbour.
The already complete National Events Deck (Sep 2018), one of the largest open-air decking performance areas in the country, with a capacity of up to 4,000 people, will be utilised for local and national arts, music and sporting events. It is already establishing an international reputation for the region and is suitable for hire for commercial opportunities and promotions.
Based on the National Events Deck will be a contemporary recreation of a three masted Schooner, to be completed midsummer 2020, that will support the Events Decking as well as being a visitor attraction in its own right, offering a base for performances / heritage interpretation and retail.
The last of the developments and also due for completion Summer 2020 is Ocean Square. This development occupies a prominent central location within the village and will be redeveloped into a mixed-use commercial retail space. Offering commercial units from 14M2 – 85M2 which surround a plaza that has an all year round weather retractable canopy, it is sure to be a tourism attracter for the village through the entire year. This will provide a central meeting point where visitors can gather and wander around the numerous local shops, restaurants and pubs.
Equally, this facility will complement and support the Marine Centre of Excellence and the Heritage Coastal Schooner Centre in telling the story of coal in Saundersfoot and it’s journey by sea to the four corners of the world.
The redevelopment of Saundersfoot Harbour will put Saundersfoot on the map and identify it as a high-quality tourism destination both nationally and internationally. For more information visit www.saundersfootharbour.co.uk.