A new $120m marina development is set to address the chronic mooring shortages in Southern italy  — and boost the local economy of salerno. 

Nestled within the Gulf of Salerno, at the gateway to the Amalfi Coast, Marina d’Arechi Port Village is Italy’s latest private marina for vessels from 10m-60m (33ft-197ft).

The owners of the Gallozzi Group decided to invest in the development of Marina d’Arechi to provide a solution to the chronic shortage of moorings and nautical services for private boats in the city of Salerno, which is an important cultural centre in Campania, Italy, and has experienced a long and eventful history.

When completed, Marina d’Arechi will offer 1,000 mooring places. The first 400 berths are expected to be fully operational as SB goes to press, while the remaining 600 will be ready in time for the summer season in 2013.

Marina d’Arechi is located in the south of Italy, a few kilometres from Naples and Capodichino airports, which connect the main cities of the centre and north of Europe. Amalfi and the island of Capri lie to the north of the city, with the Cilento Coast and region situated to the south.

The city of Salerno has a rich and varied culture, and is divided into three distinct regions — the medieval sector, which incorporates a modern state-of-the art area, the planned 19th century district, and the more densely populated post-war area, which is filled with blocks of flats.


Realising potential

When brothers Giuseppe and Titina Gallozzi founded the Group in Salerno in 1952, they recognized that the future of the city and the southern regions was inseparably linked to the development of the regional maritime economy.

Gallozzi Group set up its daughter company, Marina d’Arechi SpA, in 2008, and went on to secure the concession to build and manage the €120m marina, which is fully financed by equity capital, without the need for any public funding.

Engineer Guglielmo Migliorino, compiled the final plans with Spanish architect, sculptor and structural engineer, Santiago Calatrava, who was commissioned to design and build the Nautical Club building, large urban park, suspended bridges, porticos, sea walkway, and amphitheatre.

Following an environmental impact assessment, approval was granted in 2010 to begin development. In February 2012, the marina’s foreshore lease was extended from the original 40 years, to 80 years — becoming one of the longest leases in Italy, which are currently limited to 99 years.

Despite the lack of any explicit environmental demands from the Italian authorities, the importance of protecting the port’s environment and adjacent coastline has been reflected in Calatrava’s architectural design.

Emphasis was placed on tackling Salerno’s serious problem with beach erosion. In the past 13 years, the beaches have receded by 15m (49ft). For this reason, a 70m (230ft) wide channel now separates the land from the sea. By incorporating this into the construction, the marina will be able to protect the neighbouring beaches, which will dramatically reduce erosion, and should prevent the coastline from changing further.

People and vehicles cross the channel via a series of bridges to access the Port Village’s shopping arcades, amphitheatre, restaurants and bars. To ensure the design’s integrity, it underwent extensive meteorological and marine studies, including physical and mathematical modelling simulations, which were carried out by the Institute for Research HR Wallingford in the UK.

Marina d’Arechi Port Village incorporates a 340,000m2 dock, 8,700m2 of commercial, retail and leisure space, and 27,000m2 of landscaped gardens and paths. Only a short walk from the port are beaches, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a football stadium and selection of golf clubs.

Extensive marina services include refitting and repair onboard vessels, brokerage, cruises, assistance at sea, shipping advice, specialised workshops for on-site repair of marine hulls, engines and electrical systems, berth management, specialist divers, and anti-pollution systems.

The involvement of Calatrava has helped to produce a marina port teeming with contemporary design. The Nautical Club Building, which is due for completion in 2015, extends over four levels, and is topped by a large terrace. It contains the marina, the sailing club and the green spaces. The roof is designed to look like a leaf balanced on the building through a geometric weave of cables, and an imposing mast.

Other architectural features include the façades, which have electronically activated, lamellate sunshades, which move depending on the weather conditions to protect the glassed surfaces from the sun’s rays.