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Noss on Dart 

The redevelopment of the former boat yard at Noss on Dart near Dartmouth into a spa hotel and residential scheme. This development is part of a new marina complex. Working closely with the developer, Premier Marinas, Studio Moren has completely overhauled the internal layouts of the previously consented scheme by Harrison Sutton Partnership, optimising space and creating a more attractive and practical solution to deliver a 69-key destination spa hotel and 41-unit high-end residential scheme.

Studio Moren completely redesigned the internal layouts of the previously consented approval to enhance the value and operational efficiency of the building and, importantly, improve the scheme’s overall buildability.

In the residential section, reducing vertical circulation was an immediate priority. Studio Moren reviewed vertical circulation locations to allow lift access to all floors and reduced the number of access stairs by half.

To make the most of the stunning marina location Studio Moren carefully reimagined apartment layouts to ensure all retained their riverfront access, whilst further optimisation saw the removal of duplex apartments and the introduction of new penthouses.

The development includes a 5364sq m (GIA) hotel where Studio Moren’s hospitality expertise was applied in redesigning the approach and main entrance, improving FOH spaces and back of house servicing provision. The spa facilities have also been reworked to include an expansive ‘private’ outdoor terrace bordered by lush greenery.

Limitations on the approved ridge height of the hotel and restrictions on the ground-floor level due to flood concerns created an issue with internal ceiling heights. Studio Moren worked alongside the MEP and structural teams to deliver a workable solution without resorting to the loss of a level. All floors have now been fully coordinated with mechanical and electrical plant requirements to benefit the front of house spaces, as well as updating the servicing and plant strategy.

A central square, around which the hotel and residential apartments stand, has also been redesigned by Studio Moren to improve access for residents and guests, as well as to allow space to relocate a war memorial to workers of the former boatyard who lost their lives during the first and second world wars. Studio Moren’s external design works also reallocated parking provision and reimagined a large hotel terrace overlooking the River Dart.

Both the residential and hotel buildings are committed to comply with the local requirements for minimising energy and C02 emissions and employ a mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) system and air source heat pumps (ASHP) to provide space heating and hot water. At the hotel, Studio Moren has also increased the originally consented PV panels arrangement, providing 160sq m of PV panels compared to the previous 100sq m.

The project is due to start on site in early 2024.

Premier Marinas
Dartmouth, United Kingdom
Mixed use
69 keys & 41 apartments
Studio Moren