Deansgate Locks

Contract Services are always up for a challenge, but the decking refurbishment of the Deansgate Locks boardwalk really pushed the envelope!

The client brief was simple, replace the existing timber sub-structure and decking with an entirely new joist system and composite terrace. In addition, all the structural steelwork was to be re-coated and new deck lighting installed, but there was one catch. All the work had to be undertaken whilst keeping the whole structure accessible to both tenants and customers as well as keeping the Rochdale Canal fully operational.

The COVID restrictions helped to focus minds and a tight programme beginning in March 2021 was agreed.

Working closely with decking manufacturer Ecodek and other supply chain partners, a precise delivery schedule was agreed, before work started to guarantee uninterrupted supplies.

The Contract Services installation teams then worked in sequence to provide uninterrupted access to the boardwalk.

Major consideration was given to the environmental impact of working on and over the Rochdale Canal. Careful planning and close liaison with the Canals and Rivers Trust was vital in eliminating all the environmental risks. Even nesting Canada Geese couldn’t de-rail the programme as protecting the waterway from any adverse impact was always the main priority.

The 12 week project completed on programme and to budget and we’d like to thank all our suppliers and our sub-contractors for rising to the challenge and successfully completing this unique project.

Canals and River Trust Supervising Engineer Gareth Taylor summed things up perfectly when he commented that the Contract Services project team ran “A well-oiled ship!”  High praise indeed!