This is one of the more unlikely jobs completed by Mike and his team 

BUILT TO LAST

This decking could be from the Titanic - it replaced an existing timber structure that had become dangerous. We under took design and construction of this job from building consent to completion.

When the owner of this riverside property approached us seeking advice on his decking, which had been in place for a number of years, we had to condemn it. The wooden supports had rotted, and the whole thing was on the point of collapsing into the river. The problem of access to the river bank was the first hurdle, and the only way to remove the dangerous structure safely was by boat.

"Duty," the River Brede Moorings work boat, was taken from her salty berth to the non tidal section of the River Rother above the sea lock, to act as transport barge. The old structure was carefully measured before being dismantled, and the components stacked on board to be taken back by water to the yard and unloaded by crane for safe disposal.

After meticulous measurements had been taken, the old wooden piles were carefully replaced with steel ones, and the new assembly fixed in place.To the steel work are bolted 12" x 2" boards of southern yellow pine, which will weather to a soft ash grey colour. Again, the work boat "Duty" was employed to ferry the heavy steel to the bankside location.

The handrails have iron supports, and a broad timber capping that's wide enough for a glass to rest happily whilst the owner and his guests enjoy the river view.