Pwllheli Sailing Academy

Pwllheli Sailing Academy & Events Centre

Client: Gwynedd Council
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Coastal & marine infrastructure Coastal & Marine Infrastructure Projects

Dredging works and infrastructure for new Pwllheli Sailing Academy building.

Works included:

  • Dredging 83,000m³ of material and removal off-site for recycling – to maintain sailing channel and accommodate additional berths
  • Construction of new access to marina extension
  • Construction of 140m containment bund
  • Construction of 80 linear/m of sheet pile walling and capping beam for new quay wall
  • Installation of new flexible pontoon berths and pedestrian linkspan
  • All works carried out in an environmentally sensitive area, using in-house plant and labour.

The project vision was to create a sailing academy and events centre that maximises the potential afforded by the natural location and world class sailing waters around Pwllheli. The works incorporated maintenance and capital dredging, construction of a quay wall, mooring pontoons and a pedestrian linkspan.

The proposed 83,000m3 of dredgings was to be removed off site, however, as part of our ‘value engineering’, we proposed an alternative solution of retaining all the dredged arisings on site, to be utilised as either beach recharge material or as a reclamation area, which could then be used to enhance the local wildlife. This method gave a saving to the Client of approximately £1.5m.

Planning approval and marine consent was provided in December 2013 and works commenced in January 2014. The project was completed in July 2014.