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Maintaining the charm

Walcon Marine has completed the second and final stage of the redevelopment programme for Buckler's Hard Yacht Harbour, located on the Beaulieu river and within the UK's New Forest National Park.

Redevelopment has seen the marina completely rebuilt, with added capacity, whilst refurbishing and reusing as much of the original Walcon infrastructure as possible.

Stage two began in the New Year with the removal and subsequent reinsertion of the back walkway in order to manoeuvre the phase one pontoons into position. Removal of piers A, B and C, followed accompanied by the process of refurbishing the pontoons to be re-used, driving the new and reused piles, and the reassembly of the piers with their extensions.

All the pontoons – old and new – were transported by sea using Walcon’s Wolf and Warrior barges; the Walcon road transportable rig carried out all the piling. While as much of the existing infrastructure as possible was refurbished and reused, all the existing finger pontoons were replaced and additional new pontoon equipment supplied for connecting to the pier extensions. Sections of the main walkway were also replaced.

The works were undertaken in a sensitive and sustainable manner, especially important given the New Forest National Park location.  Where individual greenheart piles were unable to be reused in their entirety, ‘hybrid piles’ combining a section of the existing timber with a lower steel encasement for the below-water-line section were made and installed. The refurbishment of the existing pontoons and the introduction of the bespoke ‘hybrid piles’ have helped maintain the traditional charm of the marina.

“It’s been a very satisfying project to work on,” said Walcon Marine MD James Walters. “Sustainability and minimal environmental impact on-site are becoming increasingly important in the marina sector and Walcon has both the experience and equipment to deliver sensitive projects of this type. To return to Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour and its beautiful location – even in mid-winter – to complete this project has been a great pleasure.”

Harbour Master Wendy Stowe said, “It has been a pleasure working with Walcon Marine, which shares our vision for creating a high quality marina in a sustainable manner. Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, so the completion of the redevelopment makes this an extra special celebration. We are delighted to be able to welcome berth holders and visitors back to enjoy our market leading facilities.”

The fully-refurbished Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour now has an additional 66 berths capable of taking boats up to 20 metres in length.

Exhibitor: Walcon Marine Ltd

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