Tim Peck Talks Scrub Island and Luxury Development

Caribbean Journal Discusses Scrub Island with OBMI Chairman

Caribbean Journal sits down with Tim Peck to discuss OBMI’s latest design project, Scrub Island in the British Virgin Islands, a residential and resort property off Tortola. Peck talked to Caribbean Journal about the Scrub Island project, about making Caribbean hotels environmentally friendly, and how the capitalization of luxury development in the region has changed. What was the design process like for Scrub Island? We designed the initial master planning on the property, then did all of the detail design work for the architecture and the marina, and took it through the approval process. I was somewhat involved in the construction process as well. It’s an interesting project, it’s fairly unique in terms of what’s been happening in the Caribbean recently. It’s basically developing an island from nothing. There was nothing there, no infrastructure, it was what you call a “virgin” Virgin Island. We literally had to start from scratch with the planning process and think about how we could preserve as much as we could of the character and personality of the island, while still managing to produce a development which produces the financial criteria for the developers. Everything was kept in its virgin, natural form. On the north side, which has a beautiful beach, we kept that, with virtually no development at all. The only thing there is, is a small beach bar. One of the other interesting things is that there was a lot of discussion during the process about the name of the island, because obviously “scrub” is not one of the more romantic names you can get for a resort. But what is nice, are the origins of it. About 350 years ago, the British Virgin Islands was a haven for pirates and buccaneers in the eastern Caribbean. And what they used to do was take their boats to Scrub Island and haul them out on the shallows and actually scrub the barnacles off the bottom of the boats, hence the name Scrub island. It does have some nice bit of history. Now the only kind of scrubbing you get there is the exfoliation you get in the spa!

Scrub Island Resort, Marina & Spa in the British Virgin Islands Completes Phase I

MIAMI (August 18, 2011) – The name “Scrub Island” may sound rough around the edges, but this exclusive private island resort, spa, and marina in the British Virgin Islands, is as posh as they come, thanks to OBM International (OBMI), one of the world’s leading global architecture and master planning firms. OBMI-designed Scrub Island has reached a significant milestone with the completion of Phase 1 of the resort, announced today Doug Kulig, CEO of OBMI. Scrub Island will be the first Marriott-flagged destination in the British Virgin Islands and the first resort in the Caribbean to join Marriott’s Autograph Collection, a new brand within the company’s global portfolio of elite luxury: independent hotels with distinctive personalities in major cities and desired destinations worldwide. The resort will officially become part of the Team Retreats Special Collection within the Autograph Collection in early 2012. Recognized for its expertise in architectural design and master planning of resort destinations around the globe, OBMI master planned Scrub Island as a 230-acre mixed-use resort community, where the old charms of the Caribbean lifestyle meet the new pleasures of the modern world. Phase I of the development is centered around a Marina Village and Welcome Center. Serving as the heart and soul of the development, Scrub Island’s Marina Village boasts a 60-slip marina, over 5,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, and 67 Marina Village hotel rooms and suites. The resort is also comprised of 11 two-bedroom Ocean Villas, each with private pool, keyed as additional hotel inventory. Prior to development, Scrub Island was untouched terrain, allowing OBMI the unique opportunity to work with a blank slate. This placed immense responsibility on OBMI for creating a master plan that delivered an exotic island paradise, while upholding a high level of respect for the Virgin Island’s context, culture, and climate.

Scrub Island Resort

British Virgin Islands

A Pristine Environment of Secluded Luxury

OBMI created the architectural vision for the Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina, which became the Caribbean’s first resort to join the exclusive Marriott Autograph Collection of boutique hotels selected for their uniqueness. It is also the first luxury, private-island resort development to be built in the British Virgin Islands in more than 15 years.

The name “Scrub Island” may sound rough around the edges, but this exclusive private island resort, spa and marina in the British Virgin Islands is as posh as they come. Prior to development, Scrub Island was untouched terrain, allowing OBMI the unique opportunity to work with a blank slate. This placed immense responsibility on OBMI to create a master plan that delivered an exotic island paradise, while upholding a high level of respect for the Virgin Island’s context, culture and climate.

The first phase of development is centered around a Marina Village and Welcome Center. Serving as the heart and soul of the development, Scrub Island’s Marina Village boasts a 60-slip marina, over 5,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, multiple multi-level lagoon-style pools, and 67 Marina Village hotel rooms and suites. The resort is also comprised of 11 two-bedroom Ocean Villas, each with private pool, keyed as additional hotel inventory. Through this approach, OBMI created a sustainable architectural design for Scrub Island Resort that left large areas of the island untouched from development.

For the second phase of the project, OBMI designed the real estate expansion of Scrub Island with luxury residences in three styles. The various luxury residences are stepped around the hillside of the island, each integrated into the terrain and positioned to offer total privacy yet spectacular island views of the Caribbean. The architecture and design of the villas complements the resort by speaking to a British Colonial-style with distinct touches of Caribbean in a village-inspired setting.

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Project Sheet Press

Centre of Excellence

Destination Creation

Type

Hospitality

Components

Ocean villas
Marina village
24 units
48 keys
Spa Bungalows
Long View residences
North Beach units
Governor’s Point luxury villas

Services

Master Planning
Concept Design
Architectural Design
Construction Supervision

Client

Mainsail Hotels