Tingdene Marinas’ Hartford site has completed the next stage of its expansion with the installation by Walcon of the second of three new piers.
These, together with two back walkways, will form the new berthing facility. When completed, Hartford Marina will be home to 225 motor and narrowboats up to 20m in length, giving them access to the River Great Ouse, the waterways of East Anglia and beyond.
The new walkway is 145m long and built using Walcon’s System 2000 aluminium framed pontoons. The finger pontoons will be delivered by Walcon over time as bookings are taken. The piling and installation was undertaken by local firm Irvings Piling.
Tingdene acquired the marina in 2016 and Walcon also undertook the initial phase of its regeneration which saw the first pier go in together with a back walkway for three of the four piers. Thereafter, in line with their business model, the upgrade will continue with the rolling removal of old pontoons and the installation of new piers in response to demand.
Tingdene specialises in inland marinas and since it was formed in 2004 it has acquired 10 marinas spread across central, eastern and southern England, investing in them to bring them up to the highest standards. For a recent acquisition, Broadlands Marina in Suffolk, Walcon supplied last year a complete package of the pontoons and fittings required to create an 88m back walkway and three piers with finger pontoons, capable of providing an additional 54 berths for leisure craft up to twelve metres in length. In recent years Walcon has also been working with Tingdene on upgrading their Racecourse Marina, at Windsor in Berkshire, and Pyrford Marina, in Surrey.
Steve Arber, Operations Director at Tingdene Marinas Ltd, said: “We are very happy to work with Walcon in continuing to develop our marinas, offering top-quality marina infrastructure to match our beautiful locations.”
Walcon Marine’s James Walters added: “It is a pleasure to continue to work with Tingdene and to contribute to its success in providing quality berthing to the inland waterways community.”