Posts Tagged ‘Office’

New face at Whitehaven

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Many of you will already be aware that we now have Jenny as our Marina Office Administrator.  Jenny Hewitson joins us as we wish Ashley good luck in becoming a mum!

Born and raised on a farm in the countryside of Cumbria, after school Jenny moved to Manchester to study Graphic Design and Advertising at University.  She thoroughly enjoyed her time in the city and the chance to experience a different way of life but the pace was really quite different to what she was used to!  Living away from home gave Jenny the confidence to see the world and she embarked on a round the world trip of a life time with a friend, starting in South East Asia, on to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Hong Kong.  “What an amazing 5 months!” she says!

Jenny sits in the new Whitehaven Marina office

Now back in her home in Cumbria, Jenny is fairly fit and not only enjoys playing netball for a local team but also running with a group from St Bees!  “My heart has always been at home, now living back in West Cumbria I am delighted to be part of Whitehaven Marina team, keeping the administration and reception duties under control.”

Make sure you come and say hi to Jenny next time you’re at the marina and make her feel welcome!

2014 boating season welcomed with new Marina Office

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Whitehaven Marina is proud to be welcoming its new season berth holders and visitors to our brand new Marina Office.  Completed only last month, the new first floor office provides marina staff with a fantastic view over the marina which in turn further improves customer service and security.

The new look office from the water

Part funded by parent company Marina Projects Ltd, the state of the art building enhancements complete the 2013/14 investment programme which also saw an additional 140 walk ashore berths installed in West Strand Marina.  The new look office now provides a welcoming customer reception area as well as a meeting room and separate office space which both staff and customers will benefit from.  In addition, the temporary office Portakabin has been removed to increase car parking on the Bulwark Quay.

Inside the smart new office

Mark Bowden, Operations Director commented, “We are really very pleased with the new office.  It was originally an attic space that housed the services of the ground floor facilities below but it is now a spacious and airy environment for our staff and customers to enjoy.  By clever design and engineering we were able to lift one side of the roof by 20 degrees allowing full length windows to be installed so the duty team can look across Lowther Marina and to the Sea Lock.  Previously a rather ordinary and functional looking, single floor building, it now really adds to the overall exciting and modern look of the Whitehaven waterfront – especially the glass atrium which houses the stairs and lift to the first floor.”

The significant investment by Marina Projects Ltd not only highlights the commitment to Whitehaven Marina but also the recognition of the importance of continuing to attract visitors to the harbour and so to the town of Whitehaven.  The marina is always looking at ways to improve the overall service to customers and the new office space not only enables better security and safety but also a lovely environment for those visiting.

This season Whitehaven town plays host to a variety of events including the Tall Ships Festival, 20th – 22nd June; and Whitehaven Live, 5th July.

Facility Block Improvements To Commence

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

The Whitehaven Marina team are pleased to confirm that work on the new facilities block have now commenced.

The new facility block from the end

The intention was always for the building to be extended to include a first floor office, which is what will happen, and in turn the Portacabin which has served as an office in recent years will be removed.  This will not only provide a more comfortable environment for our team and berth holders but also create more car parking spaces once the work has been completed.

The new office will include:

  • a dedicated customer reception area, providing a much needed space for the team to welcome and manage our growing number of visitors and berth holders
  • new staircase and lift housed in a glass atrium; improving disabled access
  • substantial windows and balcony at raised height so staff have a view over Lowther Marina which will aid day to day management and security

The works are planned to open in April 2014 with a temporary roof spanning the building during the construction period.  While construction takes place, the facilities will remain open with minor disruption, and a small area of the car park will be required for storage.

We look forward to sharing our new office with you and believe the improvements will further establish Whitehaven as one of the best marinas in the region.

An aerial view of the facility block top floor