Queen's Pier, Ramsey 11 November 2011
On Tuesday 2nd November 2011 the Department of Infrastructures main contractor, MPM Northwest Limited completed the Stabilisation and Protection Scheme to Queens Pier, Ramsey. The work that has been undertaken has significantly improved the structural integrity of the whole Pier as well as making the area under and near the Pier safer. The scheme has been completed earlier than initially scheduled and within the £1.895M budget approved by Tynwald in April 2011.
The main structure of the Pier has been made stronger by the installation of approximately 55 tonnes of new steel which has replaced missing, damaged or corroded steel girders and braces.
The area under and near the Pier is now safer as all the deck fittings, such as lamp posts, railings, seats, have been removed as have any loose timber joists or decking. The shelter at the seaward end that was built in the late 1980s has been demolished as have the two toll booths at the landward end. All removal and demolition has been undertaken in accordance with the conditions attached to the planning approval and advice from Manx National Heritage. As a result all of the metal items that could be re-used in a future refurbishment scheme are now in controlled storage and a detailed record has been made of the demolished structures.
MPM Northwest Limited has worked hard to minimise the impact of the work on nearby residents. Also, in recognition of the assistance given by Ramsey Lifeboat in allowing the use of the lifeboat slipway for access to the Pier at low water, MPM has made a donation of £500. The cheque was presented to Ramsey RNLI Coxswain, Mark Kenyon by Michal Hawkins of MPM Northwest Limited.
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