Research set to chart the impact of sailing tourism
12 July 2016
The future prospects for sailing tourism in Scotland will be the focus of a research project taking place over the next few months, funded by Highlands & Islands Enterprise, The Crown Estate and Scottish Canals.
The project, called ‘Building our Capabilities’, is being undertaken by EKOS Ltd and will provide an update on the current economic contribution sailing makes to the Scottish economy and identify potential for growth across the industry.
Rock&Road Festival returns to Glenlivet Estate
07 June 2016
The popular Rock&Road Festival is returning to the Glenlivet Estate this week.
Running on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June, the festival brings together the best of both road cycling and mountain biking in one event, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Glenlivet Estate.
Organised in association with the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Development Trust, the two-day programme offers a range of events which are suitable for both novice and expert cyclists alike.
Enhanced carp offer at historic Windsor aims to lure discerning anglers
24 May 2016
Windsor Great Park in Berkshire is set to confirm its status as a top-class carp angling facility with the announcement of its enhanced carp fishing offering which includes the launch of night fishing and the addition of a never-before fished lakeside to its fisheries.
Windsor Great Park’s Syndicate Manager, John Deakin said: “During last spring and summer we carried out thorough stock assessments, health checks of the fish, stock movement and a complete appraisal of our current facilities to restructure our offer for carp fishing specialists. We have redesigned the carp offering and are excited to announce the launch of an exclusive, limited-member syndicate.”
Green light for construction of £2.6bn Beatrice offshore wind farm
23 May 2016
The £2.6bn Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) project has been given the green light for construction by owners SSE (40%), Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) (35%) and SDIC Power (25%) after the project reached Financial Close. The project will be one of the largest private investments ever made in Scottish infrastructure.
Ronnie Quinn, General Manager of The Crown Estate’s Scotland Portfolio said: “It’s incredibly exciting to see this project given the final go ahead. Any offshore wind farm of this scale is a very complex development - putting the finance and final lease in place for Beatrice is a huge achievement that will result in investment and jobs at a local, regional and national level. We look forward to continuing to support the team.”
The Communications Store appointed for Regent Street
20 May 2016
The Communications Store has been appointed by The Crown Estate as the retained communications agency for one of London’s most iconic retail, business and lifestyle destinations, Regent Street.
The account team, led by Lifestyle Divisional Director, Fiona Hemming will implement an integrated communications campaign involving digital, lifestyle, property, fashion and beauty specialists from across the agency. Activity will consist of strategic brand direction and planning, media relations, ambassador alignments, events, retailer coordination, digital consultancy and social channel management.
World’s largest floating wind farm moves to next stage
16 May 2016
A floating wind farm to be located off Scotland’s east coast at Buchan Deep, some 25 kilometres from Peterhead, is one step closer to becoming reality following The Crown Estate granting a lease to Statoil that will enable construction to commence.
The project - set to be the world’s largest floating wind farm - consists of five 6MW turbines which will be deployed in deeper water than any previous offshore wind turbines around the coast of the UK.
The Crown Estate manages leasing of the seabed. The business’s team uses in-depth knowledge of the offshore renewables sector - covering planning and consenting, finance & commercial, environmental and legal issues - to actively manage the seabed to ensure it is sustainably developed and enjoyed to deliver best value over the long-term.
Scotland’s maritime archaeology reveals shipwrecks, flying boats and cannonballs
29 April 2016
Maritime archaeologists working with residents of Scotland’s west coast have completed a three-year project revealing previously unknown archaeological finds.
The project, called SAMPHIRE and funded by The Crown Estate, worked by ‘crowd-sourcing’ information about possible archaeological sites in the marine environment. The most promising locations were visited by teams of volunteer and professional archaeological divers to verify the information received.
Over 100 new sites have been recorded, including over 40 shipwrecks as well as flying boats, stone anchors and coastal wreck sites from Cape Wrath to the Solway Firth.
Crown Estate shortlisted for Property Week Awards
19 February 2016
The Crown Estate have been shortlisted in three separate categories in this year’s Property Week Awards, as selected by a panel of the industry’s leading figures. The awards we are shortlisted for are:
Property Company of the Year
Developer of the Year
The awards ceremony takes place on Tuesday 19 April 2016.
London Array offshore wind farm announces record output
08 January 2016
London Array have announced a new record for the amount of clean electricity produced by an offshore wind farm in a single calendar month.
In December 2015 the renewable energy project generated 369,000 MWh of electricity. The capacity factor for the month was 78.9 per cent. Net overall output for the year was around 2,500,000 MWh, enough to meet the needs of more than 600,000 UK households (based on an average annual household consumption of 4,115 kWh).
New Marine Tourism Strategy in Scotland supported
23 November 2015
The Crown Estate believes that community-driven development will be key to the success of Scotland’s marine tourism action plan. The plan, being launched today by the Marine Tourism Development Group, has the aim of boosting the economic value of marine tourism in Scotland from £360 million to £450 million a year by 2020.
As one of the partners in the plan’s development we believe that the commitment and capability of coastal communities will be central to the plan’s success. This is based on our experience of developing ‘Local Management Agreements’ around Scotland’s coast.