NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners (MWAP) in association with Hargreaves Associates (HA) is pleased to announce that Yves Springuel, AIA, Principal with MWAP, presented a master plan for the Coral Harbour Marina and Resort to the Prime Minister of the Bahamas on December 12, 2014. The purpose of the presentation was to introduce the project to the Bahamian government and begin the process of securing entitlements for the ambitious development.
Coral Harbour Marina and Resort is approximately 5 million square feet and is the largest project ever proposed on New Providence Island, which is the location of two other large resorts: Atlantis and the newly constructed Baha Mar Development. The Coral Harbour development is comprised of two main components that span almost 400 acres. The first is Marina City with a main focus of the 300 slip marina, including 12 slips for ‘mega yachts’ (ships over 250’ in length), 900 condominiums, 48 bungalows and an international banking center of approximately 750,000 square feet in four towers, with the largest tower achieving 30 stories in height. The second component is the Coral Harbour resort which includes 2,500 hotel rooms spread out through six hotel structures, a 40,000 square foot casino, a 60,000 square foot convention center, an 18-hole championship golf course, waterpark, and a 40 acre artificial marine preserve with a new Bahamian Oceanographic Research Center to monitor the preserve.
“The Prime Minister was very enthusiastic about our proposal,” says Yves Springuel AIA, Principal-in-Charge for MWAP. “For the Bahamian government, this project represents the last large land assemblage that can support such a project, and they were delighted with the idea of the marine preserve and coral reef rehabilitation program for the oceanographic institute, which are critical issues to the Bahamian economy.” The owner of the project is Beirut-based Bahamas Leisure & Resort Limited. The company owns approximately 1,000 acres in the Coral Harbour region of New Providence Island. The project is still in a concept phase and the presentation officially launched a potential two-year entitlement process before the start of construction. The first phase of the project is scheduled for completion in 2019.