Former naval military site sold to UK Docks

United Kingdom
21st October 2019

Former naval military site sold to UK Docks

The British ship repair firm UK Docks has acquired Royal Clarence Yard, the former naval military site in Gosport, Hampshire.

The purchase, for an undisclosed price, significantly expands the company’s activities in Gosport, a major yachting centre opposite Portsmouth. The ship repairers already has facilities on Tyneside, Teesside, and Plymouth.

Royal Clarence Yard, a 5.7-acre site located between the Gosport marina and Royal Clarence marina, offers access to deep water. It is a historic site which includes a number of listed buildings, including the remains of the railway station used by Queen Victoria, which she travelled to before boarding her yacht to visit the Isle of Wight.

It also includes a former steam fire engine house and boat house, and was once used to store all of the Royal Navy’s rum supplies.

royal clarence yard has been purchased by uk docks

UK Docks plans to invest significantly in the former naval military site and convert it into a marine service centre for the local industry.

Jonathan Wilson, a Director of UK Docks, said:

UK Docks currently operates Endeavour Shipyard, in the Gosport marina operated by Premier Marinas, one of the UK’s leading marina groups. UK Docks leases the facility from Premier Marinas.

Last year UK Docks won a £150m contract from the MoD to maintain three Navy vessels over the next decade from its bases on the Tyne and the Tees.

It was also one of five shipyard companies that signed a charter in June pledging to work together to support the Royal Navy while it maintains its fleet over the next 10 years.

Harold Wilson, UK Docks Managing Director, commented:

Visit UK Docks Visit Premier Marinas Visit Royal Clarence Yard

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