Increase In Construction Activity Around St Mary’s Quay From Today

st marys quay 2014Islanders should start to see more activity around St Mary’s Harbour from today as the main building work on the new 23 metre quay extension begins.

When completed that should offer more choice for the selection of future vessels. It’s also expected to improve accessibility to tripper boats at low tide.

There will be upgrades to the passenger facilities, including a new booking office, while improved cold storage facilities should reduce the rush by delivery vehicles when the Gry Maritha docks.

Site Agent Rients Jan Veldkamp, from construction company Kier Infrastructure, says the first sign of this will be the arrival of an excavator on a barge, which will be used to dredge the area at the end of the quay.

This involves removing the sediment then breaking away the bedrock to provide a level surface.

Material will be moved to a storage area at Porthloo by landing craft and Rients Jan says the work is likely to take about two weeks.

Next, a metal frame will be constructed at Porthloo and floated out to the site.

A team of around ten divers will secure it in place with concrete. That’ll be brought through town from the old Lagan’s construction site at Parting Carn.

Following that, the construction team will then focus on the refurbishment of the Harbourside building.

Rients Jan says the number of workers coming over the project should slowly increase as work progresses.

The team are being based at the old secondary school site at Carn Thomas, which has recently been given a new lick of paint.

Although there has been a delay to the start of work, Rients Jan is confident that they’re still on track to complete the work as scheduled.

The £10.9m project, which is being run by Cornwall Council, involves lengthening the using concrete sections precast in Plymouth and brought by barge to Scilly.

There’ll also be some widening to the rear of the quay using concrete blocks anchored into the bedrock.

The surface of the pedestrian pathway will be relayed to make it easier to walk on, while new chiller and freezer areas, a new ticket office and a balcony running the full length of the Harbourside building will also be added.

The project has a tight timeline because of European funding requirements and is expected to be completed by 30th June.

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