A £700,000 refurbishment project to improve La Collette Marina in St Helier has been completed.
The extensive refurbishment of the Marina comprised the replacement of the old marina pontoon system and the installation of emergency equipment, water stands and electrical pedestals. Work was carried out to improve the Marina, which had become the subject of considerable wear and tear.
Work began on the project in November 2011 and was completed within budget in early 2012. The project was managed by Marina Projects on behalf of Ports of Jersey and was funded by the Harbour Trading Fund. The pontoon installation was carried out by Southampton-based manufacturers Walcon Marine, who conducted work with the assistance of local resources including cranes, transport, and disposal and recycling services.
In order to replace the pontoons on the site, 102 berth holder vessels and numerous smaller craft were temporarily relocated. Although the berthing layout received no major alterations, four additional berths were created on one of the pontoons. This creation of additional berths allowed for improved use of the available water space with boat lengths now matched to berth.
Despite a few delays to the works programme the refurbishment was completed on time and has so far received excellent feedback. Although it was initially believed that all of the old pontoons were beyond economic repair, a few of the old units were found to still be serviceable and these were used elsewhere in the harbour which has been a major success story of this project.
Group Commercial Director for Ports of Jersey, Myra Shacklady, said:
“I would like to thank our berth holders and boating organisations for their support throughout the project and for working closely alongside us in ensuring minimum of inconvenience was caused. I am delighted that we are now in a position to offer our customers a product and service in line with today’s industry demands and expectations.”
Chairman of the St Helier Boat Owners Association, Mike Stevens, said:
“Having recently visited La Collette Marina I am very impressed with the work that was carried out. The project completion was on time and it is obvious that there has been excellent consultation by all parties involved. With the improved access to the entrance gate and the disabled parking area, I am certain berth holders will be very satisfied.”
La Collette Marina was constructed during the 1970s and the refurbishment work marked the first time that major work was carried out on the site in 23 years. The previous pontoon system was installed in 1988 and replaced the original pontoon that had been damaged during a storm. The new provisions at La Collette Marina are expected to last for at least 30 years.
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