Whitby Development – Architect appointed


Group Ginger has been appointed by Dalby Offshore to design Yorkshire’s premier offshore, renewable centre, following a competitive tender. To be built on Endeavour Wharf, in the centre of historic Whitby, the new building(s) will house Dalby’s Headquarters and also will act as a combined centre for Operations and Maintenance, marine control, training and public exhibition.

Stuart McNiven, Managing Director of Dalby Offshore said,”We are delighted to appoint Group Ginger to this pivotal role in our development of Endeavour Wharf in Whitby. I have been impressed both by their concept designs and their commitment to engage further with our local stakeholders and the Dalby team to develop a solution that matches the heritage of the Port of Whitby. I am certain that this engagement and the professionalism of Group Ginger will deliver for Whitby and Yorkshire a superb development, which will act as the focal point for the Yorkshire Coast’s Commitment to the Offshore Wind Industry. The proposal is significant and when it reaches fruition, it will probably be the largest undertaking in the centre of Whitby in recent times.”

The building will be complemented by the development of a pontoon facility at the quay. Whitby has open access to the sea and some 300m of wharf space available to support both current and the next generation of fast support craft. The development is supported by the local borough council.

Cllr. Derek Bastiman, the leader of Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) said:”Local people will now have an opportunity to engage with this building design and I encourage them to do so; we have already discussed the design concepts with key local stakeholders and we will ensure that the public now have an opportunity to comment”.

His views were endorsed by Cllr. Mike Cockerill, portfolio holder for Harbours, Assets, Coast and Flood Protection who added, “This appointment in the development process of the centre for the servicing of the offshore wind industry is a huge step forward that is to be welcomed and I, together with my officers, look forward to working further with Dalby Offshore and with Group Ginger to develop the proposals. The re-development of this section of the harbour in support of offshore wind brings with it the prospect of jobs and year round economic activity which will benefit the town and the wider area.”

Group Ginger is an Architecture and urban design practice based in Leeds at the Tetley Art gallery. They specialise in creating intelligently designed spaces and buildings appropriate to their local environment. The practice is led by Simon Baker. “Each project is a partnership with the client and each design is founded on many conversations with the client and an understanding of local needs and the environmental context. We are extremely excited to be working with Dalby Offshore and the local community to realise this significant project for Whitby and the wider Yorkshire Region.”

A programme of stakeholder and public consultation regarding design of the facility will commence over the coming weeks.

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