A £1.65 million community hub development at Port of Blyth was officially opened today by her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland.
Blyth Education And Community Hub (BEACH) includes the striking “Blyth Boathouse” building incorporating a high class fish restaurant and a port heritage centre which highlights the Port of Blyth’s rich history. The building will be managed by Blyth Tall Ship Project who will also provide additional temporary historic exhibitions across the year.
The adjacent “Blyth Marine Station” provides Newcastle University with a new Marine Sciences facility alongside their research vessel “Princess Royal” which is also berthed in the Port.
A new quay development completes phase 1 of the BEACH project serving the important regional fishing industry and offering a permanent home for the “Princess Royal”.
Port Chief Executive, Martin Lawlor stated “We are delighted to have successfully completed phase 1 of the project which will provide positive benefits to the community as a whole and prove a huge asset to the area. We are already working on an existing potential BEACH phase 2 which may include a new training centre subject to further discussion with our various partners.”