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PRODUCT FOCUS Designer handrail stars in Birkenhead Point revamp A landmark within Sydney Harbour, Birkenhead Point Marina in Drummoyne is the largest privately owned floating marina in Sydney Harbour comprising 187 berths. Just 10 minutes by road or water to the Sydney Central Business District (CBD) and an easy 30 minutes cruising to Sydney Heads, it is unique in its location adjoining a shopping centre, just off Victoria Road, one of the busiest arterial roads in New South Wales. Superior Jetties secured the job of refurbishing the marina and boardwalk at this historic site. The shopping centre occupies what was originally a brickworks and factory which, over the years, was used as a racecourse, salting works and eventually, home to the Dunlop Rubber Company. “The first challenge was uniting the old with the new and creating something that would bridge the gap between historic centre and contemporary marina to a high commercial standard,” says Luke Tapfer, project manager for Superior. The Birkenhead Point Marina is significant for a number of firsts. “It was the first big SuperElite full structural walled marina system and the first installation of the Edge II handrail system. Structurally, we were lucky our job was limited to the on-water section where we could employ the latest designs in floating structures, not working with foundations or structures that are well over 100 years old.” The brief for the project was to install 165 SuperElite, five-sided concrete pontoons including a massive 66m long by 6m wide fuel wharf. “There were also five new powder-coated gates, four new 9m long fuel shelters, three new gangways, all new aluminium pile brackets/ knee brackets, removal of old pontoons and connection of old to new in some locations, a 14m by 10m floating shop integrated into the marina, and finally, 367 linear metres of the new product Edge II handrail,” Tapfer explains. Top left & right: SuperElite concrete pontoons have been installed to give Birkenhead Point Marina 187 floating berths. Edge II handrails are curved and smooth for both ergonomic and visual appeal. “Working closely with the client to achieve all goals that were required, we custom designed and constructed the project from start to finish with our in-house design team.” The first task was to accommodate the various challenges of the site, such as limited access for cranes and trucks as the loading zone is busy all week with deliveries for tenants within the shopping precinct. Tides also came in to play. “The large fuel docks had to be lifted in at high tide as they weighed a whopping 12 tonnes each.” Superior used its five-sided structural wall SuperElite concrete pontoons with a full 50mm concrete cover over galvanised mesh on all surfaces. The SuperElite is a heavy duty concrete system that uses concrete pontoon walls with timber or aluminium walers and is ideally suited to large scale commercial www.marinaworld.com - March/April 2015 43

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