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    East Devon District Council


    Exmouth, Devon



    Knights Brown was appointed to demolish the old slipway, which had been closed for four years on safety grounds, and construct an improved facility that was wider, longer, and at enhanced angle to the channel. Significantly, with a width of 12m, it enables two craft to be launch or recovered at the same time.

    The slipway now includes a 40m x 16m area off the public highway for vehicles and trailers to manoeuvre and prepare for launching.

    The site is recognised as a SPA, RAMSAR, SSSI, LNR and Special Area of Conservation.

    Due to the water level and tidal fluctuations, works took place behind a sheet piled cofferdam comprising 168 piles of between 11 and 16m in length.
    The design required a reinforced concrete slab on a 1:6 gradient within a confined working area. It was constructed entirely using land based plant to mitigate the risks of using marine/floating plant in the strong tides and currents associated with this part of the Devon coastline.

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    This complex and challenging project was a collaborative undertaking from the outset. Combining two projects was inspirational, saving not only money but diverting 22,000m3 from landfill. Some extremely innovative tools and methods were used to demolish the pier, recover material and to achieve the lowest environmental impact on one of the most environmentally designated places in the UK.

    - London and South East Constructing Excellence Awards judging panel on Phase 2 of the North Portsea Island CFERM

    Sites are always very well presented. First impressions count and if a site looks well organised and clean when you arrive then generally this is applied throughout the management of the projects. Indeed, all five projects I am Cummins PM for, have been managed to a high standard and equally the safety records and standards are very good.

    - Iain Brooks, Cummins

    The team at Knights Brown has done a fantastic job in creating the largest JLR Aftersales Centre in the UK, working alongside GEMCO Sales & Service who fitted out the facility to the highest standard. With 29 service bays in total, Dorset is now future-proofed for servicing the JLR product.

    - Mark Whittam, Group Operations Director (Marketing), Westover Group