Shiplifts and unique structures

Increasingly, clients are asking for our advice on the mechanical, electrical and hydraulic engineering of bespoke assemblies where our experts design both for new installations and for refurbishing existing structures. In the case of new work we can point to the British Antarctic Survey’s competition for a mobile research station; the moving roof components of the new Athens Opera House, the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre (SNFCC,) designed by Renzo Piano; and, in another competition, a collaborative exemplar design for the spectacular boat lift (pictured) which now connects the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals in Scotland: the Falkirk Wheel.

In England, and in the case of rehabilitating existing structures, we were engaged by Hyder Consulting to undertake hydraulic work of the Anderton Boat Lift on the River Weaver south west of Manchester; and by BAM Nuttall (previously Nuttall John Martin) to design a replacement tilting / rotating cradle for RNLI lifeboat storage at Sennen Cove near Land’s End in the South West.

In all of these cases our appointment has been due almost exclusively to our experience of hydraulic steel structures and our proud heritage of combining creative solutions and modern materials with traditional engineering.

The image shows the iconic Falkirk Wheel shiplift in Scotland. We provided the original examplar design (a four gondola concept) for British Waterways, acted as the M&E and structural consultant to Black and Veatch on all the moving elements and created the tender documentation.