Timber pile replacement has been completed at Worthing Pier in Sussex as part of work to restore the Victorian-era structure ready for the town’s Birdman event in July.
In a move away from its normal precast concrete piling operations, Aarsleff has installed eight greenheart timber piles to replace existing rotten piles that support a landing stage on the end of the pier.
Tidal conditions meant that Aarsleff only had a 90 minute to 150 minute window to install the new piles into the underlying chalk. Worthing Borough council helped extend the working hours and minimise the impact of scour from spring storms by constructing a piling platform from seabed material. Raising the level by 400mm allowed Aarsleff to operate its Junttan PM20 rig for up to 4.5 hours during each low tide.
Main contractor KD Engineering is now working on rebuilding the timber structure in time for the International Worthing Birdman event on 12 to 13 July 2014.