Work complete on new North Corner Pontoon

Nathan Sanders (Council Senior Project and Contract Manager), Colin Bower (Managing Director at Docking Solutions Ltd), Edward Hobbs (Infrastructure Engineer at Aecom), Micky Goble (Council Pier Master) and Councillor Coker on the new North Corner PontoonDevonport’s new North Corner Pontoon will be open to the public from Friday 15 January.

The historic waterfront feature, which was closed for safety reasons in June 2011, has undergone a complete restoration following a campaign by the local community, MP and ward councillors.

Located just off the Cornwall Street beach, it now boasts a brand new pontoon and walkway, as well as more modern safety features for today’s boats and crafts.

The new pontoon was manufactured off-site while work to repair the concrete supports and remove the existing pontoon and walkway was carried out. It was floated in and installed in mid-December before ballasting, trimming and fitting of the remaining deck furniture were completed.

Falmouth Divers Ltd carried out the installation and refurbishment work and the pontoon and walkway were manufactured by Docking Solutions Ltd. Aecom also provided professional technical and management support for the project.

Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport and Planning and local ward councillor said: “Devonport is a waterfront community and people enjoyed using the pontoon for many years before it was closed. It is important to residents and this is why, despite real financial pressures, we have found the money for these repairs. We have listened to what people want.

“Because of the extent and complexity of the works it’s taken a bit longer than originally planned, but we now have a pontoon that is not only safe for people to use but also more modern and fit-for-purpose.”

An official opening will be held soon, involving the local community, MP, ward councillors, project team and contractors – further details will be announced shortly.