The first big concrete pour for the building slab has been completed on the east side of the site. This will be the area of the crew facilities in the final building. Shuttering and reinforcement steelwork is being set up for other parts of the slab, focusing on ring beams above the tubular piles that run through it and the ground beams for the gantry to the west. This work will continue with a view to pouring the ground beams mid-week. Following this there will be two more large pours to the western side of the building and finally the central area which will be the boat hall for the Shannon. If all goes to plan, the whole building slab will be completed by the middle of March.
Fencing for the new temporary footpath to the beach is due for delivery and will be installed as a priority. The new footpath will be in operation as needed but particularly when deliveries to the site are being made or concrete poured. It will be adopted by Reside, the contractors for the building itself, when they start work and should be especially useful to provide continued and safe public access to the beach over the summer.
Precast concrete planks for the ALB ramp have been delivered, moved to the beach and installed in place on the steelwork. Installation has gone quickly and well and is due to be completed next week and will be followed by grouting works and installation of timber baulks.
Timber works to the perimeter of the sheet piles and capping beam are due to start on the 8th March, the timber and planks due to arrive on site shortly.
Now the precast concrete planks for the ALB ramp are in place, work can progress in the northern area of the site. This includes all service and tanks installation plus a final fill then construction of the capping beam from the ILB Ramp to the ALB Ramp.
Concrete slab started, planks installed on ALB ramp