Two beachfront resort projects are coming on stream this year reflecting the fact that if the location and product offer is right, there is still enthusiasm for quality second and holiday home developments in the UK and Ireland. Good progress is being made on the second phase of development of the Cuan na Rí Oceanfront Resort in Donegal Ireland whilst the initial market reaction to the Black Rock Beach Resort in Cornwall has exceeded all expectations.

Other Destination Consulting projects in the news recently include the start of construction of the £30m ‘Islands’ project at Chester Zoo and the great news that planning permission has been achieved for the surf park development known as Surf Snowdonia in North Wales.

The Destination Consulting team continue to be busy across the UK, Ireland and EMEA. Seán Young was invited to be the guest speaker at Hammerson’s board strategy day about the future of retail centres as destinations. Meanwhile, Chris Melia has been invited to speak at Visit England’s Visitor Economy Conference in December.

Roger Hobkinson and David Geddes continue to make waves in Cork where they delivered a City Centre Strategy, advised on approaches to kick start office development, and completed a study to develop a Cork Region place brand and marketing strategy. David has also been involved in a number of successes of late, the highest profile of which being the advice he provided to Liverpool City Council which has helped them to submit a planning application for the Cain’s Brewery redevelopment.

Destination Consulting’s current and recent projects

New Retail , dining and Enterainment | UAE 

Together with colleagues at Colliers in Dubai, Destination Consulting advised on the development of a major new retail, dining and entertainment (RD&E) avenue to support the Middle East’s largest planned theme park resort destination on the outskirts of Dubai in the UAE.

Cain’s Brewery, Liverpool

A planning application was submitted for a major mixed use redevelopment of the historic Cain’s Brewery in Liverpool. Destination Consulting played a key role in developing the concept, winning the support of the City Council and explaining the vision in the application

Arts Centre and Library Provision in Banbury

An interesting piece of work looking at trying to secure a viable future for a theatre and arts centre through redevelopment options and possible co-location of a new library. 

Edeyrnion Valley and Corwen

Destination Consulting continue to build on experience in North Wales, working in the Edeyrnion Valley and Corwen on a study on the potential of outdoor activity tourism for a group of private sector businesses together with key partner Ryder Landscape Consultants. 

Cork Region Place Branding strategy

Destination Consulting worked on how to set out a place brand and marketing strategy that helps the Cork Region be clearer on its offer, experience and reputation and help elevate Cork domestically and internationally as a great place to live, visit and invest. 

Cork City Centre Strategy

The Destination Consulting team in Ireland led advice on how to improve, manage and market the City Centre. This includes advising on the management structures such as a town centre improvement group, a Business Improvement District and a Delivery Partnership for large scale development and improvement projects. 

Zoo Qatar

Recently working on the ambitious redevelopment and large scale expansion of Doha Zoo, Destination Consulting continues with the project moving into detailed design phase. Already the team has completed an initial commercial development strategy and operational feasibility study earlier this year, and hope to move forward with more detailed feasibility work in the coming months. 

Aylesford Priory

At Aylesford Priory, on the banks of the River Medway in Kent,  Destination Consulting has also been preparing an options appraisal and business plan, with the heritage specialists Drury McPherson Partnership. The priory was built by the Carmelite Order in the 13th Century, after they relocated from Mount Carmel in the Holy Land. It boasts perhaps the oldest hotel in the country and is a truly magnificent property with lots of destination potential.