A family-operated marina on the River Hamble has acquired a new five-acre site with the support of a seven-figure finance package from HSBC, creating a modern and exclusive eco-friendly leisure facility and corporate hospitality destination.
John Willment Marine, which owns and operates Universal Marina in Sarisbury Green, has used the £1,475,000 facility to acquire the site and to redevelop the existing trout lake and clubhouse. The unique destination will become the focal point for a new and diverse range of leisure offerings, including fly fishing ashore and at sea, holistic spa therapies, fine wining and dining, paddle boarding, kayaking, yoga and model yacht racing.
Avia Willment, managing director of John Willment Marine, said: “We’ve had our sights set on the clubhouse and lake next door to the marina for a number of years so we’re delighted that, with the support of HSBC, our hopes have become a reality. This latest project has a synergy with our work at the marina, allowing us to create a modern, sustainable environment for our guests. As we develop the site further we’ll be looking to HSBC, and particularly our relationship director Kevin Willcox, for additional funding to support our future plans.”
The new facilities will be available to existing berth holders, tenants and customers of Universal Marina, as well as anyone searching for a unique venue for leisure or corporate purposes.
Anthony Reed, HSBC’s area director for Hampshire and Dorset, commented: “We’ve been working with John Willment Marine for the past 11 years so we had a thorough understanding of the business and its objectives, meaning we were able to provide a tailored and cost-effective finance package when the opportunity to expand the marina arose. The funding has also led to the creation of a number of jobs for the local economy which is something we’re always keen to support.”
John Willment Marine has employed a number of local firms to carry out the works at the new site, including landscapers, construction companies and fish suppliers to help stock the lake.
Opportunities to spend a day or two enjoying the refreshing yet relaxing ambiance of the lake and marina will provide the perfect setting for leisure breaks, business meetings and away-days, VIP hospitality and team building. The redeveloped site including self-catering accommodation is expected to re-open in October 2017.
Universal Marina is located just 20 minutes from the river mouth and 5 minutes’ drive from the M27/M3 motorways. It is set in 68 acres of tranquil, environmentally protected surrounds. The marina houses a broad range of services for berth holders, including maintenance and polishing, rigging and rope work and general engineering, as well as a community of diverse businesses and workshops.