Olympic berthing facility to double in size
The first stage of what will ultimately be a five-pier extension to Portland Marina UK, the main berthing facility for the sailing events for the 2012 London Olympics, has been completed.
Built by Walcon in 2009, the marina is located behind its own breakwater with plenty of space for future expansion. Working with South coast marina operator Dean & Reddyhoff, Walcon Marine returned to the site to extend an existing pier out to the breakwater, added a new back walkway and then installed a completely new pier complete with finger pontoons. The piling was undertaken by the Walcon Wizard barge. Three more piers with finger pontoons are due in the next phases, the completion of which will add nearly 300 berths to the 250 already in place..
These latest works conform to the original premium quality of the marina, using Walcon’s System 21 pontoons with sustainable timber decking and a central duct to carry services, allowing significantly more space for gear and equipment being trans-shipped than is usual for a marina of this size. Outermost pontoons, intended to provide berthing for larger yachts, have a freeboard of 650mm versus the conventional 500mm to allow owners and crew to embark and disembark from their boats more easily, and an innovative bridge linking the marina to the shore, also by Walcon.
“Walcon have, as always, been a reliable and professional partner,” 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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