Plans to be unveiled this week for a futuristic marine leisure complex in
Findhorn Bay seem set for a stormy reception from local residents.
The Schubert Marine Complex has been designed in the wake of speculation that Moray District Council will end the conservation area status of the former fishing village of Findhorn.
Local developer and Findhorn publican Mr Bruce Schubert has revealed his designs for the 108-ft horseshoe-shaped structure to house the latest in leisure and marine research facilities.
“We looked abroad to the Louvre pyramid and EuroDisney for inspiration for the design,” said Mr Schubert of the steel, Perspex and fabric structure which will bear his name. “We think it will act as the perfect foil to the old buildings of Findhorn village. You can’t build like that anymore so we looked ahead to the style of the 21st century.”
Visitors to the four-deck Schubert Marine Complex will cross from the mainland by means of a moving walkway arching across the shore from the Kimberley Inn. To cater for car drivers, a tract of sand dunes outside the village centre will be levelled for parking space. Rather than walk to the Kimberley travelator, tourists will be able to take the cable car from a station on the roof of the old Ice House to the third level of the marine complex.
At the seaward end of the development, there will be four theme bars and the Great Sea Major nightclub. Mr Schubert plans that jet-set nightclubbers will be able to arrive by helicopter on the helideck situated among soaring sail-like canvas roofs over the complex’s shopping mall.
Mr Schubert hopes that the development, which has yet to go before Moray planners, will draw considerable tourist income into the area without destroying the old-world ambiance of the village.