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    Ryde, Isle of Wight



    Ryde Pier was built in the early part of the 19th century, is the world’s oldest seaside pleasure pier and a listed structure. It is also the second longest pier in the UK, at nearly half a mile in length (686m).

    Knights Brown has been appointed to refurbish the structure, removing a steel frame that relates to a redundant tramway. The tramway runs the full length of the pier between an operational railway track and vehicle access route. In its place we are to install a dedicated pedestrian route.

    The project requires the removal of all the steelwork leaving the piles in situ. We are then to install new steelwork, timber decking and handrails, forming a segregated cycle and footway.

    Our directly employed workforce has been deployed to Ryde and has been doing sterling work often in freezing and frequently windy conditions.

    The new timber walkway will be complete and open to the public later this year.

    our sectors

    Knights Brown was a great client to deal with. We felt from the very outset that they worked with us rather than for us, demonstrating real collaboration in order to minimise disruption to the port. The works were also delivered through a very challenging time, with the latter stages coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic. Their approach to this was thoroughly professional, with health and safety the primary consideration. Working practices were strictly amended and monitored, with the project completed to the satisfaction of all involved.

    - Anisa Koci Port Master Plan Project Manager at Portsmouth International Port

    Knights Brown performed very well on this project in terms of quality, cost and time. The team worked very well as part of an integrated delivery team with the Employer to the benefit of the project

    - Marc Bryan, Portsmouth City Council

    Overall a successful project with good management of the work. Site team asked questions rather than made assumptions which was good. Good communication. Would (and have) recommended Knights Brown for other projects.

    - Chris Clark, Colin Toms & Partners