A new wet dock had been developed on the River Nene half a mile from Wisbech, and a facility was required for the easy and efficient repairing of the many small leisure craft in the area. An appropriate strategy was needed for the safe and reliable manoeuvering of the boats to and from the dock.
Beckett Rankine created a detailed plan of the works. Due to the river bed being very soft and silty, the wet dock was constructed using a sheet pile wall. A washdown area and boat park were also included in the design to ensure excellent all round services were provided.
The new wet dock is capable of lifting boats of up to 75 tonnes out of the water using a straddle carrier A concrete capping beam was added to the sheet piled wall for support It was very important that the excavation of the wet dock took place in the dry conditions between the high and low tides.