The Olympic and Paralympic sailing events in 2012 will be hosted at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) which opened in 2000, with new facilities also built in 2004 by Dean & Dyball.
The existing sailing facilities will be enhanced for use in 2012 with the construction of a new permanent 150m slipway; a new race-boat parking area; new race-boat lifting facilities; and new race-boat moorings to be sheltered by a wave protection structure.
In securing the construction contract for Weymouth & Portland, Dean & Dyball emerged from a 5-strong shortlist of construction firms which also included Birse, Carillion, Edmund Nuttall and Raymond Brown.
Construction work is due to start on site in Spring and be completed by the end of the year meaning Weymouth and Portland will be one of the first venues ready for the 2012 Games, delivering an early legacy of world-class facilities for the local community. Dean & Reddyhoff, developers for the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA), have also now started work on a new 560-berth commercial marina at Osprey Quay of which 250 berths will be used during the 2012 Games. The marina will include retail and industrial development bringing enormous social and economic regeneration to the local area.
Olympic Delivery Authority Chief Executive, David Higgins, said:
"Awarding this contract to a south-coast based company will be an added boost to the local economy and Dean & Dyball's previous work on site makes them ideally placed to deliver these enhanced sailing facilities for 2012.
"London 2012 will be a nationwide Games and our plans for Weymouth and Portland are an excellent example of how the Games can act as a driver for wider regeneration, spreading sporting, social and economic benefits around the country."