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Folkestone Harbour project takes shape

Folkestone Harbour’s £2M fish restaurant came closer to opening following completion of the steel structure.

Structural engineers CampbellReith together with contractors Cardy Construction have completed the steel structure of the restaurant. The 5 star restaurant, due to open in April, will offer panoramic views across Folkestone Harbour.

The steel structure sits on a wave protection wall designed with a return curved profile to divert wave energy away from the building.

“The foundation solution involved initially casting the massive reinforced concrete foundations/ ballast blocks in culverts at low tide,” said CampbellReith partner Mike Allen. “The wall face is exposed above beach level and was formed using precast units up to 13T in weight (limited by cranage options on the site).”

The new wall supports the reinforced concrete ground floor with the ground beams carrying loads from the steel columns in the steel framed superstructure.

“We have had to use double beams to achieve this over some of the long spans,” added Allen.

“The engineering of this building has required the full evaluation of numerous options to achieve the required architectural form in this hostile marine environment.”

Architects for the restaurant is Guy Hollaway Architects and is being project managed by GPM Partnership.

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