The €8 million investment project to improve and upgrade Moll Vell marina, Palma, is moving apace. Oscar Siches, joint managing partner of Moll Vell, said that, “construction is really going fast.”

With 26 new berths completed, and the first phase construction of a massive annex building for shops and restaurants due to be completed for Christmas 2013 work has ramped up toward the concluding stage. The refurbished marina and annex building is expected to be ready to accept yachts next Spring, though it successfully hosted superyachts at its new berths for this year’s first Palma Superyacht Brokerage and Charter Show.

Siches spoke to SuperyachtNews to update on the work and why an improved marina is needed in Palma:

“In transforming Moll Vell, we are upgrading an area of Palma that has been neglected for a long time – too long. Ideally located, within near sight of the 13th century Cathedral and just 150 metres of the main shopping street, it will become an integral part of Palma’s fabric.”

Moll Vell marina hosted 40 superyachts at the 2013 Palma Brokerage and Charter Show

Work is now concentrated on the new annex building, to feature restaurant, café, rooftop terrace with city views, offices and commercial units. It replaced an old building and has 1,367m² of internal space.

“Some 20% of the entire budget alone went on demolishing the old building,” said Siches, who explained it involved digging to three levels below water to create the basement and bringing the new building to street level. “Pumps were running 24/7 to keep the water out,” he said.

In April the main floor was finished and the superstructure initiated. All structures were finished on 12 June.

“The building will be ready for occupation at the end of October and the surrounding public square with an increased number of trees and special non-glare illumination is scheduled to be finished on 19 December this year,” said Siches.  “The rooftop, which has free access to the public and will feature a comfortable bar, should be officially inaugurated in June 2014.”

Video showing the construction progress

The concession to renew the moorings and shore services, as well as rebuild of the old building was granted in 2010 to Amarres Deportivos SL, a company formed by the managers of Pantalan del Mediterraneo marina in Palma and Banco Pastor, one of the oldest banks in Spain (1776).

Interesting demonstration of the benefits of floating ladder installed at Moll Vell

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