Quays, Moorings and Lock Gate Construction & Maintenance

Drake Towage engineers are long-standing, proven masters of constructing and maintaining quays used for every type of boat, working vessel or ship you need to consider. As the UK's leading mooring construction contractors, Drake Towage are the marine engineering company that you need for your mooring or quay maintenance requirements.

Their unique service has given public bodies, government organisations, local authorities and marinas a ‘one stop’ source of consultation, construction and care. You can have the same direct, easy access to everything your project needs.

Mooring Construction & Maintenance Contractors

We have been constructing and maintaining marine moorings throughout the UK for many years. Whether the requirement is for a river bank mooring, canal, lake, sea-site or quay mooring, Drake Towage provide the very best of engineering services, equipment, expertise and expereince.

Lock Gate Construction

We have many years of experience in constructing and installing lock gates on marine projects all over the UK.

So what makes Drake Towage excel in quay, moorings and lock gates construction, and maintenance?

If you have responsibility for moorings, quays or lock gates, you will appreciate the importance of having a safe and secure construction from which vessels of every type, shape and size can operate.

However, this is only possible when there is expert advice available to calculate what is needed, literally from the river or sea-bed upward. Drake Towage can give you their expertise and extensive experience so your moorings, quays or lock gates are the best they can be. Whether you require a new quay or mooring constructed, or the maintenance of existing moorings and quays, or a lock gate repaired, replaced or constructed, we are the marine contractors with the expertise and experience you require. We look forward to discussing your mooring construction and mooring maintenance projects - why not view some of our recent marine quay, lock-gate and mooring projects on this page?

Expertise and support from start to finish, and beyond!

Rob and Mark Sayer, and their team, provide a level of insight and expertise which can be fully relied upon when deadlines have to be met and budgets adhered to. Due to the wide range of contracts Drake Towage has been involved with over the years, the company can provide help and support to other professionals working on your project.

Drake Towage will keep your quay or mooring in tip top condition, too, so safety and longevity are assured in any location to protect your investments as well as health and safety. Keeping quays and moorings perfect for their role within a natural, commercial or leisure environment.

Areas of Expertise

  • Mooring construction
  • Mooring maintenance
  • Lock gate construction
  • Quay construction contractors
  • Slipway contractors

Ask Robert & Mark

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Lock Gate, Quays & Moorings Maintenance, Construction & Installation enquiries:
01945 589539

River Lee Landing Stages, London 2012 Olympic Park

Five weeks before the Olympics began Drake Towage were contracted to install three small landing stages and life and install two access bridges working from the River Lee. Apart from security problems the work went well and was completed before the games began.

River Lee Landing Stages installed at the London 2012 Olympic Park
Marine landing stage constructed on the River Lee for the Olympic Park
Lifting in the top access bridge at the Olympic Park
The landing stage bridge fitted onto the floating pontoons on the River Lee at the Olympic Park in London

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King's Lynn Visitor Pontoon

Installation of new floating moorings situated on King's Lynn's South Quay adjacent to the town's historic heart.

King's Lynn Visitor Pontoon
Installation of new floating moorings situated on King's Lynn's South Quay
Sunset over King's Lynn Visitor Pontoon
Floating pontoon construction by Drake Towage for visitors to King's Lynn in Norfolk
King's Lynn Visitor Pontoon
Boat mooring under sunset at the floating pontoon installed by Drake Towage in King's Lynn
Floating pontoon moorings constructed in King's Lynn by Drake Towage
King's Lynn Visitor Pontoon

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River Stour Canoe Portages

Manufacture, supply and install canoe portages and steps to three sites on the River Stour, Suffolk

The existing canoe portages on the River Stour were in poor condition and replacement was required. The sites are situated in some areas of outstanding natural beauty such as Flatford Mill, Langham and Wiston.

A new type of plastic decking was specified, a mixture of wood and plastic (WPC). This is normally fixed to timber bearers and proved difficult at first to attach to steel work. However, a system was devised to suit the designers and client requirements with the fixings hidden from view to give the decking the appearance of timber.

River Stour Canoe Portages
River Stour Canoe Portages
River Stour Canoe Portages
River Stour Canoe Portages
River Stour Canoe Portages
River Stour Canoe Portages
River Stour Canoe Portages
River Stour Canoe Portages

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Associated British Ports - King's Lynn Lock Gate

Following a collision with a passing vessel the inner lock sector gate, weighing 43 tonnes, required removal for inspection and possible repair.

The area around the base of the gate had to be dredged first with our Liebherr HS833HD 35 tonne dragline to remove the mud, then the hydraulic ram disconnected and the gate lifted out using a 220 tonne Tadano Faun Crane provided by Crowland Cranes.

Lifting of the lock gate
Cleaning down the lock gate
Lock gate removed and ready for inspection
Inspecting of the lock gate

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Clayhythe and Baits Bite Moorings and Slipway Construction

The River Cam Commission directly contracted Drake Towage to install new piled moorings and a larger capacity slipway at Clayhythe.

The piling work was carried out from the bankside but the new piling at Baits Bite had to be installed from the river as there was no access from the bank. The sheet piles were 5m long and proved difficult to drive into the local blue clay. A 700 Newton Air Hammer was used to finally drive the piles to level.

The slipway was coffer-dammed across the front to allow for the new concrete reinforced deck with a draught of 1m deep for vessels.

The piles were steel capped with channels and a fibre-grate flooring was used along the path edge, trapped between a plastic fender and the concrete path edge.

Drake Towage is a specialist marine engineering company, and as a slipway contractor on this project delivered a first class slipway and piled mooring installation for the client

Pitching and driving the first piles;
13 tonne excavator working from the bank side
The coffer dam in front of the new slipway construction
The piled slipway towards the river Cam - constructed by Drake Towage Slipway Contractors
Slipway reinforcement base
Completed slipway with fibregrate capping and path ready for concrete
Piling completed along the river frontage ready for the paths to be concrete
Baits Bite Lock Landing Stage
Baits Bite Lock Landing Stage
Baits Bite Lock Landing Stage
Baits Bite Lock Landing Stage

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Barking Lake, London

Installation of hardwood mooring posts for Intermarine at a lake in London, the pile was held by a 7.5 tone excavator while the pile hammer was lifted using the lorry loader to drive it down, so set up costs where kept to a minimum as everything came on the lorry in one trip.

Barking Lake, London
Barking Lake, London
Barking Lake, London
Barking Lake, London
Barking Lake, London

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Ely Floating Mooring

The photos show the installation of floating landing stages being installed for the Environment Agency vessels. The vessels include small weed cutting boats, dredgers and work boats.

All the obsolete equipment such as piles, guides, bollards, landing stages and and walkway bridges were removed from the existing moorings and recycled otherwise they would have been destined for landfill.

Drake Towage tries hard to re-use and recycle steel and plastic from refurbished or redundant projects as this project illustrates!

Ely Floating Mooring

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