Walcon wins Swanwick regeneration contract

Swanwick Marina plan Walcon Marine will use its System 2000 pontoons to regenerate Swanwick Marina. Credit: Premier Marinas

Walcon Marine has won the tender for the supply of the walkways, finger pontoons and bridge for the regeneration of Premier Marinas’ Swanwick Marina.

The marina will comprise 976m of walkways installed to create seven piers, while 148 finger pontoons will provide berths for 297 boats. Walcon Marine will undertake the staged removal of the old pontoons and piles, drive in the new piles and install the walkways and finger pontoons. The company’s System 2000 pontoons will be used throughout.

Premier Marinas’ operations director, John Cervenka, commented: “Our vision for the new the floating marina calls for a quality, innovative build to improve both our customers’ experience of the marina and enhance their safety.”

Higher liveload

Walcon Marine is building units that will all have a liveload that is higher than standard, enabling them to safely support greater weights of people and equipment per square metre than is usual, said the company.

Two of the jetties will also have 700mm of freeboard rather than the standard 500mm, making it easier for users of boats in the 18 to 23m range to embark and disembark.

All the finger pontoons will be the same length as the boats that they are designed to accommodate. This will allow motorboats to moor bows-to and still safely disembark their crew from the stern platform.

Walcon Marine’s mobile piling rig and the Walcon Wizard barge, with a second piling rig, will assist with the work as required.

Phase one of the project will take place from 1 October to 30 March 2019 and phase two from October 2019 to March 2020.

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