As part of the Port of Milford Haven’s diversification strategy, the Milford Waterfront Master Plan is a long-term vision to grow the tourism economy in Milford Haven. The development is a key component of the tourism landscape in Pembrokeshire and outline planning permission for the overall Milford Waterfront regeneration scheme was granted by Pembrokeshire County Council in 2019. Since then, the team at the Port of Milford Haven have been working hard to make this vision a reality.
In recent years, Milford Waterfront has really grown in popularity, with a bustling café culture, high quality restaurants, independent retailers, galleries and appealing holiday accommodation options. We’re also famous in the county for our calendar of popular large-scale events, all perfectly framed between the backdrop of Milford Marina and the historic Milford Haven Waterway which creates a unique outdoor venue.
The transformation of the former industrial dockyard all began in the early 1990s, with the relocation of Milford Haven Museum to the Old Custom House building, and the launch of Milford Marina with the Cutty Sark Tall Ships in July 1991. Taking time to reflect on progress since that infamous event for Milford Haven fills us with pride. Whilst we’ve come a very long way in our first 30 years ago, with recent developments including the Floatel Cabins, The Shores and Costa Drive Thru, we’re really looking forward to the next chapter which begins with the start of the build of a brand new 100 bedroom hotel in January 2021.
The story so far
The contractors for the construction of the hotel, Carter Lauren, arrived on site in January 2021 to commence building works. Piling is anticipated to begin in early February at which point there may be some disruption caused by noise, however this will be kept to a minimum where possible. Work on the 100 bedroom hotel will be carried out between 7:00am and 8:00pm Monday to Friday, and 8:00am to 1:00pm on Saturdays (when required) for a period of approximately 18 months.
The excavation of the site was completed ahead of schedule. This included removing the former weighbridge which was used by all lorries picking up the catch landed at Milford Docks. All lorries entering the dock were weighed on this empty and again when departing with the fish landed by the trawlers to determine the weight of the catch landed. Wye Valley finished on site on 4th December, with a site ready for the construction phase of the hotel. Over the course of the demolition project, over 2,500 tonnes of material, including wood, general construction waste, mixed hardcore, iron and steel was removed from the site and recycled.
The demolition was completed and the materials safely removed. All material (steel, concrete, metal work, mechanical and electrical fittings) from the demolition was separated and stockpiled on site before being taken to a licenced Waste Transfer Station. And the next step for Wye Valley was to over dig to 3 metres across the whole site to survey ground conditions and remove any obstructions before construction can commence.
Progress with the demolition ran ahead of schedule, in a safely controlled site.
We welcomed staff members who had worked at the former Ice Factory to come and see progress on a site tour with the Wye Valley team.
Due to Covid-19, the start of the demolition of the Burnyeats Building was delayed. The demolition programme started in September 2020.
The temporary fence around the area forms the layout of the hotel construction site and as a result, public access to the water side is no longer possible until completion of the hotel. A pedestrian diversion route is in place to allow people to move safely around the site.
With more visitors eager to stay to enjoy leisure time, events and restaurants at Milford Waterfront, the new 100 bedroom hotel built on the site of the former Burnyeats Building, or “The Ice Factory” as it was best known locally, will be a great addition to Milford Haven.
The build will begin in January 2021 and is expected to take around 18 months. We’re hoping to be able will be making an announcement about the operator very soon, so watch this space.
The plans for the hotel were approved by Pembrokeshire County Council in July 2019, with the target completion date of mid-way through 2022.
Looking for a Place to Stay?
We've got a range of accommodation options currently at Milford Waterfront including our Floatel Cabins and The Shores Self-Catering Holiday Apartment with views over the Milford Haven Waterway.
Milford Haven is a great location for visits to Pembrokeshire being centrally positioned with plenty to explore on our doorstep as well as further afield.