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MARINA PLANNING & DESIGN With its new pier and reconfigured original mooring system, Windermere Quays Marina now meets the needs of existing and future customers. Redesign completes at Windermere Quays Lake Windermere in Cumbria, the largest natural lake in England, is one of the country’s prime tourist spots. Surrounded by mountain peaks and picturesque villages, over time the lake has become a magnet for watersports enthusiasts. Windermere Quays Marina, originally built in the Lake District National Park’s key town of Bowness-on-Windermere from 2004 to 2006 by Walcon, has now been reconfigured and extended in a development designed and managed by Marina Projects. “The increasing size of boats on Windermere as well as greater overall demand required us to update our marina,” said Grahame Armer, managing director of Windermere Aquatics, the parent company of Windermere Quays Marina. “We have increased the number of berths from 184 to 260, with an emphasis on having more capacity for boats in the 9 to 15m (30 to 50ft) range. The overall footprint, including the moorings, has doubled to allow more space for the larger boats to manoeuvre.” Construction work followed an extensive design and approvals process undertaken by Marina Projects to secure the necessary consent, including the negotiation of a new lease for the extended marina. The planning approval required the implementation of a detailed consultation strategy with key stakeholders and regulators, as well as the undertaking of specialist studies into navigation, marina design and viability. The scope of work handled by Marina Projects included the marina design and specification of the marina equipment that was installed as part of the reconfiguration. In addition, Marina Projects managed the procurement and contract negotiations with the selected contractors, and the project management and contract administration of the works from award through to completion. The marina’s existing Walcon System 21 finger pontoons and piers were refurbished before being redeployed. Walcon Waliflote wave attenuating pontoons were also added at each end of the marina to improve the wave climate within the confines of the marina basin. Other aspects of the project included extraction of the existing piles and driving of new ones to conform with the new layout. Notable design improvements were made to pile restraints to accommodate extreme water levels. The swing moorings were also relocated. Rolec – the selected supplier of pedestals for the 2006 marina - was contracted to manufacture, supply and install over 100 silver anodised aluminium Quantum marina service pedestals and other accessories. The pedestals feature electricity metering, water taps and LED lighting. Anti-frost protection was also included via Rolec’s heat trace tape system. Windermere Quays also installed over 50 Rolec energy efficient LED deck combi lights in blue and white, shore electrical system isolation panels, Rolec Quantum pedestals and Walcon pontoons provide ample full service berths. - January/February 2018 35

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