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Port Erin Marine Lab sold for £500,000

Private developer plans 'mixed-use' development

The former Port Erin Marine Laboratory has been sold to a private developer for £500,000.

The Department of Infrastructure confirmed the news this afternoon, 16 August.

Property Development Company Delgatie Limited plan to convert the site into a complex which will be called 'The Breakwater'.

Plans for the site are described as a mixed use development, incorporating  residential, retail, non-retail and commercial.

There are also plans for an exhibition space, and self-contained suites for visitor accommodation.

The buildings that have been sold are two and three-storey, they date back to 1892, with additions in 1932 and 1980.

It's a sale has been welcomed by both Infrastructure Minister Ray Harmer and Enterprise Minister Laurence Skelly.

The buildings have been empty since the Marine Laboratory was closed by Liverpool University in 2006.

Ten years later, in December 2016, the building was extensively damaged by fire, and has become seen by some as a blight on Port Erin.

The sale also includes an agreement to improve the appearance of the land in front of the buildings, which will remain in government ownership.

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