Cross Keys Marina

Cross Keys Marina

Work gets underway on the construction of a new marina at Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire.

New Commercial and Leisure Marina at Sutton Bridge

Construction work has recently begun on a new mooring facility on the West Bank at Sutton Bridge to be known as Cross Keys Marina.

Costing around £900,000 it will feature mooring space for up to twenty vessels catering for both commercial and leisure craft.

Each leisure mooring will include electricity, water supply and access to a new car parking facility. There will also be fuel supply facilities available on a separate dedicated mooring for the commercial vessels.

The commercial facilities are to replace the existing moorings used by both the River Nene Navigational Pilot Boat and Eastern IFCA (a Fisheries Protection Agency Vessel), allowing them to remain operational from Sutton Bridge.

The leisure facility will cater for both local boaters and vessels visiting the area providing a ‘Gateway to the County’. Advanced bookings for this space are well underway with a great deal of interest generated in the project.

Funded by Lincolnshire County Council, this is a Design and Build Contract which has been undertaken by Intermarine Ltd with the Principal Contractor role awarded to a local marine construction specialist Drake Towage Ltd from Crab Marsh, Wisbech.

The work, which started at the end of April this year, will feature installation of the new marina plus decommissioning and removal of the old existing moorings.

Drake Towage, who have a wealth of experience with this type of work have utilised their marine pontoon facilities to form a working platform on the river. The platform is equipped with two hydraulic cranes and all the facilities associated with placement and driving of marine piles. The project requires 17 piles in total to be driven in the river for the mooring pontoons plus a further 8 on the river bank, to be done by Drake’s land based team, for support of the footbridge and access ramp. Once all the piling work is completed, the mooring pontoons will be positioned and secured followed by the installation of the access bridge and walkway. The last phase of the project will be to install all the services, including the fuel supply for the commercial vessels.

The project is due for completion during Autumn 2016.

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