WORK will get underway on improvements and the expansion of the harbourmaster’s office in Lyme Regis in the New Year.
Set up for the improvements to the office – based at Lyme’s historic Cobb harbour – started on December 17 and contractors CG Fry are due to start work in full on Thursday, January 3.
The project will see the existing office modernised and extended to accommodate the continuing development and growth of Lyme’s harbour. It will also benefit the neighbouring lifeboat station.
The work is expected to be be completed in May 2019 and no disruption is expected to the day-to-day running of the harbour.
Lyme Regis harbour has seen a significant increase in business and economic trade and improve office facilities are required for harbour staff to meet demand.
The new office will be a modern, two-storey building with a new kitchen and proper facilities for washing, changing, rest and eating meals, plus a meeting for commercial discussion.
It will also include a public reception area and a gantry and balcony providing 180 degree observation of the surrounding coastline.
Councillor John Russell, briefholder for Environmental Protection & Assets, said: “We are going beyond the recommendations put forward by the Health and Safety Executive. The design future proofs the facility for an anticipated increase in demand for boats in the harbour itself.
“The design will be using high-quality materials that are in-keeping with this important conservation area. We are excited about the delightful addition of a 180 degree observation balcony.”