The UK marina builder has won the tender for the supply of walkways, finger pontoons and a bridge at Swanwick Marina

Walcon Marine, the UK-based marina builder, has won the tender for the supply of walkways, finger pontoons and a bridge as part of Premier Marinas’ regeneration of Swanwick Marina on the River Hamble on Britain’s south coast.

The contract involves the staged removal of the old pontoons and piles in synchronisation with a dredging program being undertaken by a third party. The new piles will then be driven in by Walcon, and the walkways and finger pontoons installed.

Walcon’s System 2000 pontoons will be used throughout. The marina will comprise 976m of walkways being installed to create seven piers. Some 148 finger pontoons will provide berths for 297 boats.

“Swanwick Marina was built in the late 1960s/early 70s when boats were generally smaller so, half a century on, our pontoons do not meet modern standards,” says Premier Marinas’ operations director, John Cervenka. “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.”

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

Premier is also specifying that all the finger pontoons are the same length as the boats that they are designed to accommodate. This allows motorboats to moor bows-to and still safely disembark their crew from the stern platform.

The regeneration will take place in two phases. A Walcon removal/installation team will work on Phase One from 1 October 2018 through to 30 March 2019. This will then be repeated from October 2019 to March 2020, when the project will be complete.