As part of a £10m scheme focused on the prevention of coastal erosion, we carried out major refurbishment and rehabilitation of the inner section of the Port of Swansea’s West Pier and the adjacent land. The significant investment by our long-term partner, Associated British Ports (ABP), is creating the opportunity for the development of public access on top of the rebuilt structure, something that will have a positive impact on the local community long-term.
A range of engineering and environmental surveys to ensure that disturbance of the marine and operational environment would be minimised were carried out prior to the finalisation of the design. A key benefit of our proposal was the alternative delivery methodology focused on site establishment for plant, machinery, equipment and building of the new structure from land. This solution had numerous benefits including reduced cost and increased programme security, as it removed the reliance on expensive and hard-to-source marine plant. The new retaining wall was constructed using a solution-led approach to engineering challenges and was specifically developed to accommodate working within a tidal environment. Working transparently through the Preconstruction Phase meant that the design was developed in line with expectations and a foundation of trust was established. A key feature of the project’s success was ensuring that the people involved in the early stages remained with the project throughout its duration.
“One of our core values at ABP is to be good neighbours in the communities we operate. By making this significant investment in the repair of Swansea West Pier, we are not only preventing coastal erosion but also hope that we will create an opportunity for Swansea Council and others to develop public access on top of the rebuilt structure to benefit the local community in future."