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2017 May June Marina World

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Hazelett Marine

Hazelett Marine Conservation Elastic Mooring Systems For Yachts and Docks 135 West Lakeshore Drive, PO Box 600 Colchester, Vermont 05446-0600 EMAIL: TELEPHONE: (802) 863-6376 FAX: (802) 863-1523

MARINA PLANNING & DESIGN St Katharine Docks is a vibrant mixeduse marina oasis in the heart of Central London. Luxury berthing in the heart of London The newly refurbished marina at St Katharine Docks (SKD) in London is now complete. Able to accommodate superyachts up to 40m (131ft) long, it has a high-end look and feel due to a new layout, new pontoons, lighting and utilities. “SKD looked tired and, whilst it had been adequately maintained, it was in need of improvements to the mooring arrangements, pontoon services and shoreside facilities,” says SKD general manager Paul Tetlow. “The layout had grown as a response to a developing need and interest in mooring a boat here and consequently the arrangement of the berths was not as good as it could have been,” he adds. Site owners Blackstone Property awarded Camper & Nicholsons Marinas (CNM) a design and refurbishment contract in April 2015. CNM and Blackstone subsequently worked with various contractors including Poralu Marine (pontoons), Maricer (dockside utilities) and Beadmans (project management etc.) to ensure the complex project in the heart of the capital city went as smoothly as possible and was on time and on budget. Protective measures SKD is the only marina in Central London and has become a thriving waterside community offering iconic space for business, retail, residential and dining offerings. Just a stone’s throw from the Tower of London, the Thomas Telford-designed dock opened in 1828 and became one of the busiest ports in the UK, renowned for handling luxury goods, sugar, rum, spices, perfumes, wines and tea. As the docks are both ancient and historic, they are protected. This added extra layers of complexity to the project and restoration work had to be carefully undertaken to ensure no damage was done to the quay walls of the three marina basins within the dock. Considerable care was taken not to disrupt the flora and fauna around the docks – including fish, ducks and other birds. Fish spawning brushes were installed as part of the works to encourage more fish species within the marina. The entire works programme was completed in a ‘live’ marina, with yachts arriving and departing, with minimal disruption to berth holders and commercial tenants and landside residents. “The replacement of all the pontoons and associated equipment at SKD was completed within a very tight schedule, on a confined site with limited shore access, with multiple contractors and stakeholders to manage,” explains CNM business development manager Andrew Garland. Poralu business development manager, Virginie Segura, expands on this: “The project was based on a new design and included the demolition of the existing pontoons as well as provision of a new floating pontoon solution, new metered electricity and new water and sewage systems – in less than eight months.” “The challenging part of the project was the logistics. There was only one point of access to the site, through a tunnel, and we could unload only one High profile nautical events help promote SKD as a destination. - May/June 2017 33

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