1. ITV Report

Green light for Porthcawl Maritime Centre

CGI image of the development. Photo: Porthcawl Harbourside

Porthcawl's planned Maritime Centre has been given the green light for £2.1m EU funding.

The centre is is the first phase of the Porthcawl Resort Investment Focus programme which aims to transform Porthcawl into a high quality destination within Wales that will attract new visitors to the area.

The Welsh Government says it has has the potential to accommodate 55 jobs as well as supporting jobs during the construction phase, providing employment opportunities for local people.

The £5.5m centre is backed by funds from the Big Lottery the Welsh Government along with private investment.

It will include:

  • A new ‘Coastal Science and Discovery Centre - “SeaQuest”
  • A new headquarters for the Welsh Surfing Federation
  • A new training unit for the Sea Cadets,
  • A new base to secure the future of the Coastguard Services,
  • A well being centre
  • A Wave rider attraction
  • A learning café/bistro
  • A prestige restaurant.
  • Ancilliary commercial activities – crèche and marina services
  • External performance and events space
  • Shared business base for several local charities

The coast is the county’s Unique Selling Point and the reason why most visitors come to the area. But to attract more visitors to the area we need to provide more exemplary facilities and services for residents and visitors.

Porthcawl Maritime Centre will fulfil this need by providing an exciting and innovative ‘year round’ family centred attraction right on the waterfront...

...the Seaquest Coastal Science and Discovery Centre is a very exciting project which will inspire young people to engage with science and consider careers in science. Congratulations to everybody who has been involved in bringing the project to this point and I wish you all the very best for the delivery phase.

– Julie James AM, Minister for Skills and Science