Porthcawl Maritime Centre – Planning Approved!

We are delighted to confirm that the plans for Porthcawl Maritime Centre have been given approval by Bridgend councillors.

Artist’s Impression of the Porthcawl Maritime Centre

The revised plans for the complex which is to be built on the Cosy Corner site will include a coastal science and discovery centre, cafe, wine bar, roof terrace and microbrewery. The main building will also include space for the Sea Cadets, the Welsh Surfing Federation, the harbourmaster’s offices and the armed forces charity, SSAFA.

Outdoor Performance Centre

In addition, there will be an outdoor performance space with seating and the option of a covered canopy. A memorial to the 47 victims of the Samtampa tragedy in 1947, when a ship ran aground at Sker Point during a gale, is also planned.

Aerial view of the Porthcawl Maritime Centre

The site will be leased to Credu Charity by Bridgend council, which owns the site. The project has been supported and funded by Visit Wales, the European Regional Development Fund, Big Lottery and NatWest Social & Community Capital.

Credu Chief Executive Mark Bryant said, “This is an exciting time for us and Porthcawl and I would like to thank all of the team for their magnificent efforts, as well as our supporters and partners who have helped to make this possible. We are looking forward to working with Andrew Scott, our main contractor, to start the development.”

Stuart Bentley, Credu Board Member and the Architectural & Design Consultant for the project said, “Our aim is to establish the harbourside in Porthcawl as a prime destination for all-weather and year-round maritime activities, as well as providing business, educational, cultural and health and well-being benefits to the south coast of Wales. The project is already providing benefits to the local community and will now gain momentum. It is hugely gratifying for us to be part of Porthcawl’s transformation.”

Artist’s Impression of the new Maritime Centre