Porto Montenegro

Luxury on the Adriatic

An old Yugoslavian naval base in Montenegro is being transformed into the Mediterranean's leading yacht home port and marina village.

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Porto Montenegro Project summary

Client

Adriatic Marinas

Project value

€420m

Services provided

Consultancy, Project and programme management

Sectors

Hotels and residential, Hotels, Residential and student accommodation, Mixed-use development, Retail, Leisure and sport, Commercial

Locations

Montenegro, UK and Europe

Project timeline

Start date
September 2007
End date
August 2008
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Project story

We have been involved in the Porto Montenegro scheme since 2006, providing a range of services that have turned the under-used shipyard into a world class luxury destination.

For ten years we have used our construction expertise to improve local processes and enable the development to progress faster and at a higher standard.

Having project managed the development of much of the marina and facilities, we are now working on a new residential block.

Due to the requirements of the development's investors, our project team has had to deliver to tight deadlines; in each phase construction had to progress quickly, in most cases while the design of the buildings was still being developed.

Project stats

850 berths once complete, the most on the Mediterranean

Points of note

Jetties in a jiffy

Our initial challenge was converting the original naval jetties to ensure newer, larger vessels, including yachts up to 150m long, could safely dock in the marina. We carefully programmed and coordinated work so that structural works, installation of services and finishes could happen at the same time, along the 250 berth jetty, delivering the work in the required three months.

Reducing risks for the client

By adapting industry standard FIDIC (International Federation of Consulting Engineers) contracts to accommodate local laws and procedures, we reduced risks and costs for our client.

A premier destination

Over the course of the phased development since it began in 2006, we have project managed the construction of a marina, residential village, hotel, shops, restaurants, sports facilities, a naval heritage museum and a five-star waterside hotel. Currently offering 450 berths for yachts up to 250m in length, once complete the marina will have up to 850 berths - the most on the Mediterranean.

Integrating with the local community

Our project team has contributed to the development of local tourism by setting up local sports teams, as well as restoring ancient hill paths around the marina. This has also encouraged greater integration of yacht crews with the local community.

“It was a big challenge for Mace to set up the project and establish high standards in construction industry in this region. It is really satisfying to see the transformation of Porto Montenegro since 2006 when we were appointed as project managers. Our continued involvement is testament to the close working relationship we have with our client, Adriatic Marinas.”

“The extra effort that the Adriatic Marinas and Mace teams have shown from the beginning of the project is helping us overcome operational challenges and reach our goals in completing development phases in accordance with the approved project programme.”