The Castletown Regeneration Project
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…
The various elements of the Castletown Regeneration Project are:
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
An Underwater Curiosity Park located in 14 metres of water in Balaclava Bay, just south-west of the southern entrance to Portland Harbour.
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Tourist Information Centre, Crabbers’ Wharf, Castletown, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1BD