ProjectBalmain Police Marina
The Sydney Water Police Marine Area Command base at Balmain is a floating concrete marina with all facilities, where police vessels and personnel are strategically located to oversee maritime law enforcement and the coordination and control of marine search and rescue.
The client came to us wanting a bespoke floating marina capable of berthing a range of commercial sized Police Vessels (2 tonnes to 300 tonnes) as well as providing wave attenuation capacity and pedestrian access for emergency and conventional use.
The key challenges we could see for this project were different berthing requirements and building a wave attenuation capacity into the conventional pontoon arrangements.
We overcame these challenges with provision of an external deep drafted pontoon system widened to attenuate the incident ferry wash waves which were the principal design waves. Piles and pontoons were sized to suit the berthing locations for the different sized vessels.
The key features/points of difference to mention of the project are:
- The widened pontoon as wave attenuator
- Berthing load analysis for different vessels
- Low maintenance demand for essential services infrastructure
Ardill Payne & Partners were responsible for the Structural Design and Certification of the Marina.
The project took 7 months to complete.
The budget for the project was $1.5million.