£3m Expansion for Mercia Marina

Bondholder Mercia Marina is planning a new £3m restaurant, retail and office development, further reinforcing its status as one of Derbyshire’s premier tourist and shopping attractions. 

The Piazza will be built on the peninsula next to the marina’s award-winning Boardwalk shopping, leisure and office development, and will contain a ground-floor restaurant and up to six shops, with offices on the two upper floors.

The Marina currently welcomes 800,000 visitors a year, which will likely increase with this expansion. 

Robert Neff, General Manager, said: "Our exciting new development proposal demonstrates just how successful we have become as a destination.

Mercia Marina is probably the closest you can get in the Midlands to being by the seaside without driving to the coast. That’s certainly one reason why people like visiting us or working here.
— Robert Neff, General Manager

“Since the marina opened in 2008, we have become recognised as a major regional tourist attraction, not only for shopping, eating and drinking, but also boat trips, boat holidays, lodge holidays and much more. 

“We’ve nevertheless always been very careful to ensure our growth complements the beautiful natural environment. It is very important to us that the location remains as attractive to those seeking tranquillity as it does for those who want to shop, dine and work here.”

Plans for The Piazza are currently being considered by South Derbyshire District Council, with plans to open by December 2017.