Work has officially begun on the £3m expansion of Bondholder Mercia Marina.
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. Of the six shops under construction, two are already let and talks are ongoing for a third.
All work is expected to be completed by December.
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.
"We opened in September 2008, at the height of the financial crisis, and have continued to invest in South Derbyshire ever since, working closely with Frank McArdle and his team at South Derbyshire District Council, Councillor Martyn Ford and the local community."