Olympics marina undergoes expansion
UK: Dean & Reddyhoff has contracted Walcon Marine to extend Portland Marina on the south coast of England. The marina was built to very high specification by Walcon in 2009 and was used as the main berthing facility for the sailing events in the 2012 London Olympics.
Located behind its own breakwater, the marina has always had plenty of space for expansion. The current project will ultimately be a five-pier extension adding nearly 300 berths to the 250 already in place. The work will be completed in phases.
At the start of 2020 Walcon extended pier A of the central walkway out to the breakwater, added the first section of new back walkway that will run alongside the breakwater and added a completely new pier B. Thirteen finger pontoons for boats up to 8m (26ft) have been fitted to pier B so far and further pontoons will be added subject to demand. The remaining three piers and their finger pontoons will be installed on the same basis.
As per the original marina, Walcon is using its System 21 pontoons with sustainable timber decking and is installing an innovative bridge to link the marina to the shore. The design effectively fixes it at each end to a section of decking that moves as a single piece as the walkway rises and falls in response to the tides. The decking sections attached to the head and foot of the bridge move freely on hidden runners giving a smooth transition from shore to marina, free of obstacles, steps or other hazards.
“Walcon have, as always, been reliable and professional partners,” said Lucas Shotts, director at Dean & Reddyhoff. “They delivered the project on time and on budget and we look forward to continuing working with them now and in the future.”
“We are very pleased to see this superb marina embarking on a new phase of growth seven years after we first installed it,” added Walcon’s James Walters.
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