REIDsteel completes steelwork on new Wightlink ferry terminal

REIDsteel completes steelwork on new Wightlink ferry terminal
Artist’s impression of the £45 million ferry terminal project at Gunwharf in Portsmouth (Image: Wightlink)

Steel construction company REIDsteel has designed, supplied and erected steelwork, cladding, external windows and external doors for a new ferry passenger terminal at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, UK.

Part of a £45 million ferry terminal renovation project for ferry operator Wightlink, the project also saw the 130-strong REIDsteel team design and erect a two-storey car marshalling deck.

“This was an exciting and prestigious project for us to be involved in while remaining logistically and technically challenging because of its location, requirements and timescale,” said Simon Jeffs, REIDsteel erection manager. “It was particularly challenging to erect the two-storey steelwork while 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.”

REIDsteel designed and fabricated all 250 tonnes of steel structures at its facility in Christchurch, Dorset.

“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,” said Jeffs.

Designed in the style of ferry, the new three-storey passenger terminal will feature a ticket office, retail outlet and offices.

Wightlink’s 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.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Monday, August 7, 2017