Solent Marine’s £2.7m contract included the design and construction of the pontoons, access bridges for the 250-berth marina, fuel tanks and pumps for the fuel berth and pontoons and an access bridge for the new boatyard.
Solent Marine chose 22mm Mini Mesh Dura Grating for the pontoon fingers in what has been described as one of the largest ever GRP pontoon install projects ever undertaken in the UK. Anti-slip, low-maintenance and attractive, the result has completely transformed the waterfront and will provide enduring performance in all weather conditions for years to come.
Dura Grating is non-conductive, lighter and cheaper than traditional steel gratings, and solves many of the issues associated with traditional timber decking alternatives.
The small openings of Dura Grating Mini Mesh prevents small objects falling through and is suitable for a wide range of footwear.
Commenting on the project, Solent Marine managing director Marc Simmonds said:
The Dover Western Docks Revival contract is a very prestigious project and turns full circle as my father Victor Simmonds installed pontoons at Dover dating back to the late ’80s. This was a project I really wanted to win and we look forward to its successful completion.