Lecture: Salcombe Fish Quay - the benefits of value engineering
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  • David Ord MEng (Hons), Graduate Engineer, Hyder Consulting  
  • Patrick Valvona BEng (Hons), CEng, MICE, Technical Director, Hyder Consulting

Salcombe Fish Quay was constructed in the early 1980s to provide a separate slipway and improved landing facilities for the local fishing fleet. An inspection of the quay walls carried out in 2000 highlighted corrosion problems with the sheet pile wall, where Accelerated Low Water Corrosion (ALWC) was identified. ALWC is a particularly aggressive form of localised corrosion, leading to serious holing and premature structural failure.

Fish Quay presented some unique challenges. It is a working fish quay and access for the fishermen had to be available at all times. The car park gets overcrowded with tourists during the summer. There are very few ‘As-Built’ records and those that do exist are not entirely accurate and the site is small, meaning storage space is at a premium.

In 2011 Hyder Consulting were commissioned to develop, design and supervise the construction of the Fish Quay refurbishment. In order to manage project costs and reduce risks the design evolved through a series of Value Engineering exercises undertaken at pre and post tender stages.

About the speakers 

David graduated from Plymouth University in 2011 with an MEng (Hons) Civil and Coastal Engineering. Since then he has been working in the rivers and coasts team in the Hyder Exeter office on a variety of projects including weirs, jetties, breakwaters and quay walls.

Patrick has 25 years’ experience as a civil engineer, most of which has been in the South West. He has been involved in several ports and harbour projects covering initial feasibility study stages through to construction.

Location: Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University.

All are welcome to attend this event - no booking is required. Please contact Natalie Wills via ICE South West for any queries.

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