In 2020, we were approached by a private client to investigate the old Victorian pier at Dittisham. It was showing some serious signs of corrosion on the metal, cracks in the concrete and rotten timbers. The first seven sections needed fully replacing and it was planned that the end of the pier would have a new staircase, but we were hoping it would have structural integrity to last for a few more years.
This area of the River Dart at Dittisham is a Marine Conservation Zone, so a licence would be required from the Marine Management Organisation. This was a long process including a lot of paperwork and going back and forth to ensure the method was suitable for the environmentally sensitive area. We achieved the licence in December 2022. Some of the measures we have taken for this are to not exceed the weight our of 14T excavator, use ground protection mats and ensure all materials and fuel etc. is stored away from the watercourse in our site compound situated a local car park.