Structural steel company REIDsteel has completed work on landmark passenger facilities as part of a £45m ferry terminal revamp in Portsmouth.
REIDsteel designed, supplied and erected all steelwork, cladding, external windows and external doors for a two-storey car marshalling deck and a new customer experience building for passengers.
Designed in the style of a ferry, the three-storey complex will include a ticket office, retail outlet and offices, whilst the expanded two-storey car deck will allow quicker loading of vehicles.
Wightlink’s £45m ‘Investing for the Future’ project also includes a new flagship ferry, a two-tier loading ramp in Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight and state-of-the-art mooring systems to speed up turnaround times.
Double-deck loading of vehicles on to ferries from the car marshalling deck has just begun.
Erection manager Simon Jeffs said: “This was an exciting and prestigious project for us to be involved in whilst remaining logistically and technically challenging because of its location, requirements and timescale.
“It was particularly challenging to erect the two storey steelwork whilst keeping ferry services fully operational.
“As a landmark project of huge importance to the local community and regional economy, the architects designed the customer experience building with a strong architectural nod towards a Wightlink ferry, including a sun terrace.”
He added: “With all work carried out at our site in Christchurch, Dorset, we were able to demonstrate our ability to design and supply all elements of the building envelope anywhere in the UK and world down to the windows and doors.”
The new second storey of the car marshalling area covers about 4,000m² and stands nearly 6m high above the existing car loading deck.
In total, 250 tonnes of steel was used in the project by REIDsteel.
All structures were designed and fabricated on site at REIDsteel in Christchurch, Dorset.
Wightlink is the leading cross-Solent ferry operator. It carries 450,000 people on 45,000 sailings a year with eight ferries on three routes.
Multi-disciplinary contractor Trant Engineering, headquartered at Rushington, near Southampton, employs 1,000 people in the UK and overseas with turnover targeted at up to £140 million per annum.
REIDsteel has the capability to design, manufacture, ship and erect entire steel buildings including their cladding and or glazing requirements anywhere in the UK and the world.
It designs and constructs building in all kinds of environments and locations, including some of the world’s most dangerous places including war zones and areas with limited infrastructure.
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