The Castletown

 Regeneration Projec

Regenerating Castletown so that it may become, once again, a vibrant commercial and residential area, and “A Great Place To Be”.

My name is Derek Luckhurst and early in 2014 I embarked on an initiative to regenerate a rather run down area of Portland, located just outside the old Naval Base, known as Castletown. Let me explain why…

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Feasibility Study 2015

The various elements of the Castletown Regeneration Project are:


In 2014 I refurbished a derelict naval bakery and created a new Agincare Headquarters, accommodating 80 staff. 

D-Day Centre

Castletown D-Day Centre is an authentic recreation of the busy wartime dockyard on the Isle of Portland, from which thousands of American troops embarked bound for Normandy.  Castletown was a major embarkation point.

Crabbers' Wharf

Crabbers’ Wharf is a multi-million pound development which has commercial units on the ground floor and luxury, award winning self-catering holiday accommodation on the first floor. 

'My Girl' Ferry & Floating Pontoon

The historic ‘My Girl’ ferry service from Weymouth to Portland return stops just outside the Crabbers’ Wharf Stone Pier three times a day from April to October.

Tourist Information Centre

A privately funded Tourist Information Centre so that visitors and locals can receive news on the local area and the regeneration of Castletown. 

Castletown Stores

Castletown Stores is already proving a big success in the local community. Family run and convenient to get to.

Bosun's Blockhouse & Toilets

Bosun’s Blockhouse is newly constructed and built with the aspiration of becoming a Diving School and Shop.

What does Castletown have now which it didn’t in 2014?

A major employer with 85 staff coming to Castletown 5 days a week.

A new multi-purpose building which replaced the derelict public conveniences, providing a new business opportunity for a dive shop and training centre.

Modern ‘pay as you go’ toilets

A refurbished west-side Castletown Pier called Crabbers’ Wharf and resurfaced access road.

An accessible floating pontoon which has facilitated the resurgence of the Weymouth to Castletown seasonal ferry service by the historic boat called ‘My Girl’

A new ‘ship-shaped’ building providing a number of maritime related industrial units on the ground floor and 9 holiday letting apartments on the first floor

A Tourist Information Centre staffed by my Property Management staff

6 life-size statues on the Phoenix Caissons to give them a sense of scale and to honour the Royal Navy, the American Armed Forces and local civilian population in the area during the last War.

A new Convenience Store

An award winning D-Day Museum attracting over 20,000 visitors a year

A 1940s themed tea room to compliment the D-Day Museum.

An example of one of the last remaining Lerret fishing boats, built in 1914.

A ‘cleaned up’ Castletown beach

Partners of the Project

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