Beckett Rankine is currently working for the RNLI on the design, procurement and construction of a replacement afloat berth for the Torbay all-weather lifeboat. Construction work is due to start shortly and will involve a new state of the art pontoon with a refurbished access ramp and new landside development to house the RNLI shop. This will improve the safe access to and mooring of the Severn class lifeboat and ensure the retail facility remains above foreseeable storm water surge levels.
The design approach adopted minimised the costs of site investigation works and total costs through collaboration with contractors to develop the cost effective solution. The pontoon and mooring arrangements for the vessel are secured by four rock socketed piles. Our design team have developed bespoke elements including the brow bearings and easily maintainable navigation lights. Utilising our in house diving Engineer, early services included a diving inspection of the berth and adjacent structures to ensure a high quality and versatile survey.
Our approach as lead designer and technical advisor has involved close collaboration with all stakeholders to efficiently obtain consents for the schemes. We have lead public consultations and worked closely with the statutory authorities and the tendering contractors to minimise the impact of the construction. Our design solution ensures a safe, low maintenance solution. Our services now concentrate on supervision of the construction works to ensure the intended design is achieved on site.