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26 November 2015

Early in November, Opus International Consultants’ Fareham office was delighted to host the Mayor and Mayoress of Fareham. The visit was in honour of work carried out by Opus for the refurbishment of Mumbles Pier in South Wales, which recently won the Peter Mason Award from the National Piers Society.

The work was initiated to provide a new boathouse at the end of the decaying pier for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) as part of their infrastructure investment to provide a state of the art UK-wide rescue service.

The Peter Mason Award is presented every four years for work of unusual or meritworthy engineering, associated with a British Pier by the National Piers Society in the form of a magnificent framed painting by the pier artist, Caroline Bilson.

The judges highlighted the ecological and community benefits of the scheme which included providing alternative nesting ledges for the Kittiwake colony, displaced from the pierhead for the duration of the works, and the use of driven piles to avoid smothering the nearby oyster beds that other piling methods may have caused.  They were particularly impressed with the live monitoring displacement of the historic structure to avoid its damage, stating it was “particularly innovative and has applications in the refurbishment of other seaside piers”.

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A special model cake of the lifeboat station was generously made for the occasion, which was cut by the Mayor of Fareham Cllr Mike Ford.

Earlier in the year, the scheme was awarded the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) “Designed in the South East” Award at its Engineering Excellence Awards 2015, as well as being the Gold award winner in The Green Apple Awards for Architectural Heritage.

Pictured: The project team along with Brian Hillman - Fareham Office Director, award presenter Caroline Buttolph, Ben Sautter (RNLI), The Mayor of Fareham Cllr Mike Ford and the Mayoress Anne Ford.