MARTIN were successful in their tender submission to install a raised boardwalk structure and viewing platform within Sixmilewater Park Pond, Ballyclare, on behalf of Newtownabbey Borough Council.
Working closely with the design team at McCutcheon and Wilkinson, the design incorporated 9 nr reinforced concrete piers founded on 1.8m and 2.1m diameter precast concrete manhole rings, that were laid to the loadbearing sub bed of the pond itself. Each pier was then filled with compacted hardcore, and preceded the installation of 9 nr concrete piers, each up to 1.3m high, which acted as the loadbearing supports to elevate the walking platform above water level.
Once all supports were in place, we carried out a GPS survey to ensure safe and environmentally responsible precision manufacture and installation of over 7 tons of stainless structural steel support beams and cross braces. This structure was installed to support a raised timber boardwalk, utilizing resin aggregate bonded, castellated decking boards to allow a non-slip walkway. Hardwood handrails and galvanized steel mesh panels completed the balustrading, to provide a safe yet aesthetically pleasing, environmentally sensitive construction.
MARTIN offered time and cost saving solutions in the methodology of construction that allowed the project to be completed on time and well within budget, despite having to work through the worst March snowfall in nearly 30 years.