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2017 May June Marina World

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PONTOONS/DOCKS & DECKING Special build for special needs Walcon Marine has designed and built a disabled-access pontoon (above) for Sailability. This Hampshire-based UK charity helps individuals of all ages with special needs to enjoy dinghy sailing in a safe and supportive environment. Constructed using Walcon’s aluminium-framed System 2000 pontoons, the structure has a 13.5m (44ft) bridge leading out to a 7.5 x 4m (24 x 13ft) landing stage with an 11.5 x 4m (38 x 13ft) main platform beyond. a freshwater lake outside Totton, Southampton, and represents the creation of a third branch for Sailability. Testwood Lakes Sailability (TLS) has taken six years to get started and was only made possible by donations from individuals and organisations including Sainsbury’s and the New Forest branch of Rotary. Walcon is experienced in creating marine access structures to aid those with special needs. Its Wheelchair Pontoon is a specially designed and engineered marine pontoon that gives the disabled and elderly wheelchair access into deep water, whether at swimming pools or in oceans and lakes. It allows individuals in wheelchairs to move down a series of internal ramps fitted within a pontoon which extends below the surface of the water. At the end of the ramp system is a submerged platform at one side of the pontoon ramp, from where individuals can float gently off their submerged wheelchairs and move ahead into the water. Queen’s Award for Dura Composites UK company Dura Composites has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2017 in the international trade category as a result of its sustained and impressive international growth. The Queen’s Awards celebrate the best of British business and recognise companies who are making an outstanding contribution to enterprise. In winning the award, Dura Composites joins an impressive list of organisations that have previously been honoured in this way, including Dyson, JCB, Jaguar Land Rover and Siemens. Each entry is judged by a specialist panel that makes a recommendation to the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee. Her Majesty the Queen then decides the winners, who each receive an official grant of appointment and an invitation to a celebratory reception at Buckingham Palace. Dura Composites was established in1996 when the company first began selling glass fibre grating for use as anti-slip walkways in the marine and industrial sectors. Over the past 20 years, the product range has expanded to include glass reinforced plastic trench covers, profiles, handrails, stair treads Special features include optimisation for wheelchair access, detachable hoists to assist with embarkation and disembarkation, and safety barriers around the perimeter. The pontoon has been built on The deservedly proud Dura Composites team worked together to earn the company’s and the market-leading Dura Deck decking and Dura Cladding made from low-maintenance composite timber. Dura Composites managing director, Stuart Burns, said: “This award recognises our talented and committed workforce and comes at a really exciting prestigious Queen’s Award. time as we look to the future and the continued growth of our product portfolio… everyone at Dura Composites is immensely proud and honoured to receive this award, which we are sure will be a springboard for further success both in the UK and overseas.” - May/June 2017 47

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