Construction work on a marina in Kalaja e Turres in Albania is scheduled to start this year. The new facility is set to be world-class and will have over 720 berths including moorings for superyachts up to 75m in length.
The marina is part of a broad development project which, at over €200 million, is the largest investment in Albania’s tourism industry to date. Hotels, residential villas, commercial outlets including shops, restaurants and cafés, golf, spa and other sports facilities are included. The project is believed to have great location benefits between the increasingly popular sailing routes of Croatia and Montenegro and the established tourist destinations of Greece and Italy. The marina should have big potential as both a visitor and a home port.
Led by the Swiss investment and project management company FINSEC Ltd Zug and its Albanian subsidiary FINSEC Port SHA Tirana, the project calls for expert designers and architects. There is strong collaboration with financial institutions, hotel operators and potential investors. An international multi-disciplinary team has been established to create a truly unique destination in the region.
Planning the marina
The marina master plan has been developed by Turkish consultancy firm Arti Proje Consulting Ltd of Istanbul. Managing partner, Tunc Gokce, is delighted to be working on a project that he describes as both challenging and comprehensive. “With extensive sector experience ranging from master planning to marina operation, we have been able to introduce a unique design perspective to the development project,” he said. “In line with the aspirations, the marina itself will also include a VIP yacht club, a helipad and a dedicated pier for visiting superyachts to attract upscale customers.”
The planning and architecture of the port village is the responsibility of Emilio Tuñón Arquitectos, Madrid, one of the most prestigious architecture firms in Spain. Features of the plan include a hotel, casino, commercial outlets, restaurants, villas and over 150 apartments.
Architect, Marceline Ruckstuhl, who heads up the Spanish firm, said the aim is to develop a world class destination for visitors from all over Europe. “The project for the new port aims to respect the spectacular natural environment and sensitively integrate with the existing landscape. At the same time, the project follows an energy efficient strategy with an environment-friendly energy concept and a modern system for waste disposal in order to keep the area clean.”
According to FINSEC board member, Peter Ruckstuhl, the first phase of the project comprises a hotel with 120 guest rooms and over 150 apartments, the spa, a tennis academy, sports arena, the yacht club and marina. A manmade canal will also offer apartment owners the option to have a boat moored directly in front of their home. Construction work on the tourist complex is scheduled to complete in 2016 but Ruckstuhl has a far reaching vision for the future. “The marina is the first phase in our future investment development plan. This foresees an extension over 170 hectares of land where hotel resorts, spa, golf, villas and other facilities will be built,” he said.
“Following the start of the construction of the marina this year, we will concentrate on the second and much bigger phase of development, aiming to maintain and enhance the surrounding areas and deliver a luxury mixed-use resort concept. We will then seek further collaboration opportunities with other investors and operators who are ready to join us in the completion of this ambitious project,” Ruckstuhl confirmed.