work started on 30 July 2007. The photo taken on 10 September shows
heavy plant working at the northern end of the site with the boats
moored along the arm of the Stroudwater Canal in the background.
October, work started on driving the piles for supporting the jetties
to which boats will be moored.
Winter Rain In
This view from the
nearby boat-yard crane on 8 January, shows most of the jetties in
position and the excavation holding recent rain water. (Photo: Land
Water Let In From Canal
With the lining
of the marina completed, water from the Stroudwater Arm began to
be let in on 6 March. One of the stop planks across the entrance
was raised a few inches to allow the water to flow into the huge
excavation in a controlled way over a period of a few days.
The marina was
opened on 25 April 2008 by David Drew MP aboard the Cotswold Canals
Trust's trip boat Perseverance. The official party was followed
into the marina by five other boats which all managed the turn into
the entrance without difficulty.
For details of the facilities provided
and the mooring tariff, see the Marina website. For a 360 degree view of the
marina, see the BBC website.