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Consistently busy civils

The Civil Engineering team at Arch Henderson is kept consistently busy, working on a variety of projects both large and small. One of these smaller projects was with Dunbar Harbour Trust, where Arch Henderson was appointed to carry out a detailed visual inspection of the above water structures at the historic Dunbar Harbour, Scotland UK.

The harbour consists of three main structures; the main Victoria Harbour (constructed circa. 1840’s), Broadhaven Harbour and Cromwell Harbour (both constructed circa. 1570’s). The historic battery on Lamer Island at the north-east corner of the Victoria Harbour was constructed to oversee and protect the original entrance to Dunbar Harbour. The whole harbour is overlooked by the fragmentary remains of what was once one of the mightiest castles in Scotland.

Given the ages of the individual harbours, a number of different forms of masonry have been used in the construction, including the use of large boulders, rough-set blockwork and slabs. The inspection work, timed to coincide with low tides so that as much of the wall structures as possible would be visible, consisted of an initial visual inspection of the inner and outer walls of all three harbours, along with the condition of the deck structures.

Written reports to Dunbar Harbour Trust followed, detailing the findings of the inspection and including recommendations for either additional, more intrusive inspections, or remedial works. Subsequent further works also included contract and tender documentation for the remedial works and technical support to the client during the course of the remedial works themselves.

The Dunbar Harbour Trust mission is to retain and enhance the character of Dunbar Harbour whilst updating harbour facilities to meet the requirements and expectations of harbour users in the 21st century. The Harbour Management Committee, a sub-committee of the Harbour Trust, oversees the day to day running of the harbour.

Arch Henderson was formed in 1919 to offer specialist services in the design of harbour works, coastal protection schemes and ship repair facilities. This specialism in maritime civil engineering works continues with additional services now expanded to include architectural, civil, structural, and mechanical engineering and Principal Designer services for a wide range of industrial, energy and commercial sectors.

Exhibitor; Arch Henderson

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