Weston-Super-Mare Grand Pier

Case Study Overview

Red7Marine has gained extensive experience in technically challenging projects through its previous work. This has made it one of the leading marine construction companies in the construction and repair of maritime structures such as Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier.

The Red7Marine team was chosen to provide specialist marine plant and personnel to aid the redevelopment of the Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier after it was destroyed in a fire in 2008. Red7Marine supplied the Haven Seajack 4 as a crane platform for the main contractor to rebuild the pavilion.

At a glance

  • Location: Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier, North Somerset
  • Plant used: Haven Seajack 4 jack up barge
  • What we did: Red7Marine was involved in the operations to repair the Weston-Super-Mare Grand Pier after it was destroyed by a fire in 2008.

The Challenge

After a local site assessment identified that the ground conditions were particularly challenging, 4m square bespoke spud cans were designed to support the barge on the weak ground. The spud cans were designed and fabricated in-house and fitted on the jacking legs to spread the ground bearing pressures to acceptable limits. The restricted options for loading a crane onto the jack up barge locally required a timber track roadway and ramp to be constructed on the beach so the mobile crane could be driven onto the deck of the Haven Seajack 4.
Weston Super Mare Challenge

The Solution

Jack up barges are ideally suited to operating around piers and elevated marine structures allowing the deck height to be adjusted as required and providing a stable and level platform. The Haven Seajack 4 allowed crane operations to take place regardless of the sea state and provided better visibility for the crane operator mitigating the risks associated with ‘blind’ lifts.

Nick Offord, Managing Director at Red7Marine comments: “As previous projects have shown, Red7Marine has the ability and the expertise to cope with challenging marine and site environments and the re-development of leisure-based marine structures. This project was perfectly suited for Red7Marine’s specialist equipment and it was an honour to provide a team and plant for such a famous and historic pier to see it once again being used as a popular tourist attraction.”

Weston Super Mare Solution


Red7Marine is one of the leading contractors for the re-development and build construction of marine structures.

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All Red7Marine equipment and operations are IJUBOA accredited, giving clients assurance that the team and fleet operate to the highest standards.

Skilled team

The jack up barges used within this project were all operated by highly skilled Barge Masters, offering peace of mind at each and every stage of the operations and ensuring the project was managed effectively.




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