Atkins to design new cruise port in the Dominican Republic
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Atkins to design new cruise port in the Dominican Republic

09 Jan 2014

UK-based Atkins has secured a contract from D R Cruise Port to provide architectural and engineering design services for a new $65m cruise port development in the Dominican Republic.

UK-based Atkins has secured a contract from D R Cruise Port to provide architectural and engineering design services for a new $65m cruise port development in the Dominican Republic.

The two-berth Amber Cove cruise centre can accommodate up to two Post-Panamax cruise vessels, or handle 10,000 people per day.

Atkins said the site is located on the Bay of Maimón on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, near Puerto Plata.

Carnival Corporation, a partner of D R Port Cruise, developed the new cruise centre that will serve as the gateway to the province.

Atkins senior programme manager Larry Levis said Amber Cove will feature retail outlets and themed marketplaces, along with dining and recreational amenities.

"The project will feature design themes that echo the cultural and architectural history of the nation, and particularly of the Puerto Plata region," Levis said.

"These themes include architectural styles of three distinct periods – the fortified 16th century, the classical-colonial 18th century, and the Victorian late 19th century."

Under the deal, Atkins will provide a complete landside design featuring architecture and engineering for the project’s 25 buildings, as well as its roadways, landscapes and plazas.

A transportation hub will allow visitors to explore various interesting points of the historic region.

Atkins said its team based in Miami, Florida, has supported the Amber Cove development since its earliest planning stages in 2011, including the environmental permit application submitted for the site.

The architectural firm has previously created land-use and conceptual plans, site diagrams and cost estimates that have assisted Carnival Corporation in the evaluation of the project.

The facility is currently advancing through the maritime and landside construction phases and is expected to open in the 2015 winter season.