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The first bridge deck for the Pedestrian & Cycle Bridge arrived on site Wednesday 20th March. The second deck arrived on site Wednesday 8th May 2013.
The bridge mast will be delivered to site on 29th May and its installation will commence shortly afterwards.
“Naming the Bridge” Competition winner and finalists announced shortly.
The competition was open to pupils at Primary Schools in Rhyl and Kinmel Bay. The pupils were asked to provide name for the bridge with a short story as to why they chose the name (Culture, History, Language). The winning pupil will receive a £150 voucher for the Better Bikes shop in Rhyl and each of the finalists will receive bicycle safety equipment. The winner will also open the bridge and all finalists will be part of the group that are the first to cross the bridge after its opening. The name chosen will feature at the entrance to the bridge.
Monday 27th May to Wednesday 5th June 2013– The Harbour/ Marina will be closed for 10 days to enable the bridge decks to be lifted into place.
There are a number of new facilities available for boat users, including:
• Boat storage
• Launch facilities available from August 2013
The design and build tenders for the quayside Harbour building have been returned and the evaluation of the tenders is now underway. The building, which is the final phase of the harbour development, is due to start in June 2013.
How is the project funded?
The project, which began in 2009, is part of the regeneration of the coastal facilities in Rhyl and is funded by Denbighshire County Council, Sustrans, the Welsh Government and the European Regional Development Fund.
What difference will the redevelopment of the harbour make?
The bridge will close the gap in National Cycle Network Route 5, which runs along the North Wales coast line and will also provide a traffic free route for the ‘Wales Coastal Path’. The bridge will link West Parade in Rhyl with the promenade path to the North of the Harbour in Kinmel Bay, and will provide access to the new harbour facilities. The bridge will open to allow boats in and out of the harbour, and will be operated from the harbour office within the new quayside building. The lighting scheme for the bridge will ensure that the bridge is as much of a feature by night as it is by day.
The new quay walls and associated pontoon will provide additional facilities for boat users within the harbour, and will provide an additional pick up point for those going out on the Charter fishing boats.
The new mooring pontoon in the channel will provide additional mooring facilities for ten boats.
The new slipway will enable day boats and leisure craft to launch from the harbour and enable larger boats to be recovered with the boatmover.
The cafe and business unit within the harbour building will provide two new business opportunities. Please contact the project team if you are interested. The contact details are below.
The harbour building will provide improved facilities for boat users and members of the public.
The developments of a new Harbour and Maritime Service will create new jobs and ensure that there is a staff presence at the harbour to support and maintain the facility. Redevelopment will provide exciting new business opportunities and expand on the current leisure opportunities already on offer, and will ensure that a working harbour can be maintained for the future.
There is a section of sand dunes which provide an attractive backdrop to the harbour and which also act as a natural sea defence. As part of the development, the overall area of the dunes will be increased and access will be improved through the provision of boardwalks. The dunes and foreshore are home to many species of plants and animals, including the common lizard, skylarks, burnet moths, snow buntings with sandwich terns and oystercatchers often seen.
As part of the mitigation, the resident population of common lizards which were likely to be disturbed by the development were caught by Denbighshire Countryside Service and translocated to a new and safe home within the dunes - these are known as hibernaculas.
See what is happening at Rhyl Harbour:
New Quay Walls
The quay walls and turning circle have now been constructed, the slipway formed, and piles placed adjacent to the quay wall and in the centre of the channel, in readiness for the mooring pontoons which have now been delivered to site.
The pontoons will be installed before the bridge decks are lifted into place. The precast concrete cantilevered bridge abutments have now been installed on West Parade and the quay walls in readiness for the bridge. Work is continuing on the retaining walls that form the public area where the harbour building will be sited. Over the next few months, the services to the public areas will be installed, followed by the landscaping works and finally the railings to the quay walls and the new benches will be installed. The enhancement works to the sand dunes will follow on after these works.
Pedestrian & Cycle Bridge
Work on the pedestrian bridge is progressing well. The first 32 metre long bridge deck has been fabricated using Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymers (GFRP), making them relatively light, around 8000kg per deck. The first bridge-deck left A M Structures factory on the Isle of Wight this month and was delivered to site on 20th March, with the second deck due to be delivered to the site on 8th May 2013. The decks will be stored on site, where the railings and feature lighting will be installed prior to them being craned into position.
On site, recent works have included steel reinforcement and concreting works to the caisson, which will house the mast and the lifting mechanism for the bridge. In due course the earth works will be removed and the caisson will be in the middle of the channel. Work is also being undertaken to form the bridge landings, both on West Parade and on the new quay wall.
Want to know more facts and figures?
Local Notices to Mariners will be posted outside the Visitor Information Office at Rhyl Harbour, or alternatively can be obtained from the Maritime Regeneration and Development Manager by telephoning 01824 708407.
If you would like further information on this project, or as a boat user would like to register for updates by text, you can phone the project team on 01824 706076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visitor information office
The visitor information office is open to the public at the Rhyl Harbour site and a display can be viewed within the White Rose Centre, Rhyl. The Rhyl Harbour office shows the history of the harbour, a DVD and pictures of the finished project, and provides an opportunity for feedback on the new harbour side and buildings. The office is manned from 10.00am to 12.00pm and 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday. The Centre will be unmanned but open for viewing from 12pm to 2pm.