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Charlestown Wharf – a Cruise Destination

Mixed Use

We are often tapped to design luxury homes for a talented Bahamian architect and good friend, Andrew Stirling, owner of Plan It Bahamas. We’ve also collaborated very well together on multiple commercial projects since 1993. Together, we design the Disney Island Cruise destination, Castaway Cay, and a number of hotel remodels

Do to it’s size and complexity, the Charlestown Wharf project would be a very different kind of project. Mr. Stirling hired us to provide conceptual design for the large mixed use, waterfront project adjacent to the cruise ship harborage. The initial scope was to create a Best Use Study to be presented to the developers. Once approved by the developers and then the local officials, additional conceptual design followed by months of construction documents will follow.

After the first on-site meeting with Andrew’s chosen landscape/hardscape architect, we began drawing what would become over 90,000 sq. ft. of retail, hotel, restaurants, apartments and office space designed to wrap and conceal a much needed, four-story parking garage. The top floor of the parking garage would be shaded by a solar array designed to provide all of the energy the parking garage would demand.

Mr. Stirling himself provided us with the excellent planning for the project and his office added the 3D Sketchup mass modeling, Andrew trusted WJHD to conceive the spaces for the multistory buildings as well as create the exterior styling that’s a bit of Rosemary Beach and San Fransisco’s Pier 39 meets Nassau. The project’s mixed use or Harborside elevation overlooks Paradise Island and harbor-side docks to the North while the interior “Bay Street” hotel elevation on the opposite side of the parking garage, would face South. The southern hotel elevation would face East Street and greeting the thousands of visitors disembarking the cruise ships from the West. After hundreds of hours of conceptual drawings and color rendering work, an overall theme and design came together. At least two restaurants, a hotel, commercial and wharf-side retail shops were planned and detailed as well as a maritime museum.

This incredible tourist destination will also serve to connect the five miles of waterfront with a wide, pedestrian friendly boardwalk from Arawak Cay to Potter’s Cay at the Paradise Island bridge. Charlestown Wharf and other such projects will spur the local Nassau economy and we look forward to being a part of it!