Fabricating The New Galvanized Steel Dittisham Pier

Back in 2020, the Landmarc & Dart Fabrication teams were approached by a private client to investigate the old Victorian pier at Dittisham. It was showing some serious signs of corrosion on the metal, cracks in the concrete and rotten timbers. The first seven sections needed fully replacing and it was planned that the end of the pier would have a new staircase, but we were hoping it would have structural integrity to last for a few more years.

Works started at the end of February 2023. But due to the tidal nature of the site, the Landmarc team was limited on the hours and days they were able to work. Their Caterpillar excavator (fitted with tilt rotator) tracked along the foreshore from the car park to the pier when the tides allowed. The tractor & trailer followed, and as the pier was being dismantled, it was lifted in to the trailer and taken back to the site compound for disposal. On reaching the end of the pier, the seemingly stable concrete pillars must have been held up by the rest of the pier. These also needed demolishing as were unsafe. New concrete footings were made for the new steel pier.

Back at the workshop, our team was busy fabricating all the steel work, after which it went off for galvanising. Making sure the steel had a high quality galvanizing finish was essential as it would ensure it is long lasting in the marine environment it would live in. These steels were then shipped to Dittisham, and carried to the pier location using the excavator. The legs were bolted on to the concrete footings, the cross members and sides were bolted on, and the hand rails have been attached too.

Once the steel frame of the pier was complete, it was time for the decking to be installed. We used Tilon composite decking for the pier, which was easy to work with and good quality whilst still being cost effective. This finished off the whole project and the customer is very happy with the results. The pier was in full use over the Regatta week this summer, and is much admired by everyone. The project took place in a tricky and environmentally sensitive location but with patience, skill and expertise, we got the job finished and all signed off in August 2023.

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Fabricating The New Galvanized Steel Dittisham Pier

Back in 2020, the Landmarc & Dart Fabrication teams were approached by a private client to investigate the old Victorian pier at Dittisham. It was showing some serious signs of corrosion on the metal, cracks in the concrete and rotten timbers. The first seven sections needed fully replacing and it was planned that the end of the pier would have a new staircase, but we were hoping it would have structural integrity to last for a few more years.

Works started at the end of February 2023. But due to the tidal nature of the site, the Landmarc team was limited on the hours and days they were able to work. Their Caterpillar excavator (fitted with tilt rotator) tracked along the foreshore from the car park to the pier when the tides allowed. The tractor & trailer followed, and as the pier was being dismantled, it was lifted in to the trailer and taken back to the site compound for disposal. On reaching the end of the pier, the seemingly stable concrete pillars must have been held up by the rest of the pier. These also needed demolishing as were unsafe. New concrete footings were made for the new steel pier.

Back at the workshop, our team was busy fabricating all the steel work, after which it went off for galvanising. Making sure the steel had a high quality galvanizing finish was essential as it would ensure it is long lasting in the marine environment it would live in. These steels were then shipped to Dittisham, and carried to the pier location using the excavator. The legs were bolted on to the concrete footings, the cross members and sides were bolted on, and the hand rails have been attached too.

Once the steel frame of the pier was complete, it was time for the decking to be installed. We used Tilon composite decking for the pier, which was easy to work with and good quality whilst still being cost effective. This finished off the whole project and the customer is very happy with the results. The pier was in full use over the Regatta week this summer, and is much admired by everyone. The project took place in a tricky and environmentally sensitive location but with patience, skill and expertise, we got the job finished and all signed off in August 2023.