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The Deep Water Berth is a length of historic, Grade 2 listed harbour wall, used by commercial fishermen and is the only part of the harbour where large boats can remain afloat at low tide. Scour of the harbour bed by water flowing into the harbour from the River Brit caused settlement and cracking of the wall over the years and a large void formed under its base.
The old heavy timber fenders were dilapidated and working loose. The rough quayside surface and awkward layout were inconvenient for boat unloading and were potentially unsafe for fishermen and the public. Loading restrictions imposed to prevent collapse of the wall made fish landing more difficult and limited the use quayside.
So that the area could be brought back into full use, a reinforced concrete slab on vertical micro-piles was constructed behind the wall to support vehicles and boats using the quayside. Large voids beneath the quay were filled and timber fenders were replaced or repaired as necessary. New mooring bollards, power and water supplies and electrically powered lifting davits were provided.
West Dorset District Council appointed Ramboll to carry out the design works and Raymond Brown Construction (now Knights Brown) to carry out the quay wall strengthening works. Work commenced in February 2017 and was completed in four months.