Birkenhead Point Marina floating office becomes the hub

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Since its official opening in September, the upgraded Birkenhead Point Marina, on Iron Cove Bay, Sydney has been attracting a new wave of visitors and clients.

The 18 month redevelopment, undertaken by Superior Jetties, improves the facilities and amenities available to tenants and the Sydney boating public.

According to Marina Manager, Philip McGowen, the most significant additions include the new A arm jetty with 14 berths for super yachts up to 40m, a full-service floating fuel dock and a floating kiosk for drinks, snacks, ice, bait and essential boating items.

The marina now has a total of 201 berths as well as onshore kayak storage.

Luke Tapfner, Superior Jetties project manager said that the floating multi-use office and kiosk was part of the original concept and he worked closely with the marina team on the design and planning.

“The brief was to create a floating platform for central office that would provide ease of access and act as a café, office, multi-task area that people could notice, rather than being hidden away.

“We established what size they wanted it, designed the electricity and waste water requirements and then estimated the right weights and building materials to get the correct freeboard to meet up with the marina,” explains Luke.

The finished product comprises four Elite pontoons, chosen for their ease of joining. The structure is located in a central position, adjacent to the fuel dock and, as Phil asserts, it has become something of a social hub.

“We love it! It’s great. It’s very stable, right in the thick of things. Everybody comments on it. It’s a deep maroon colour and very well signed, with tables and chairs out the front and the smell of fresh coffee. It has become a real hub.”

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Look back at 2013

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Welcome everyone to my first blog of 2014.  I hope you all had a break over the holidays and enjoyed some family time.  We are back to work at Superior with some exciting projects this year.  Over the break I had a chance to reflect on some of the highlights of 2013.  Superior completed projects in South Bund Bonded Marina in Shanghai, Portland Harbour Marina, Portland Victoria, Rivergate Marine,  Queensland and Nadi, Fiji to name a few.  It is amazing that the large and small projects together deliver the reputation we enjoy today after 25 years.

The 25 year milestone was celebrated with an event at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 2013 with whom we have shared our main marketing activity for the same years since 1988.

We recently had 2 people approach us with interesting feedback.  Mike stopped me in a coffee shop to let me know that the shock absorbers we made 10 years ago are still protecting his boat and lift from excessive wakes on the main river.  The other request was to investigate adding kayak berths to a recently completed mini marina.  This was in a special request from a customer and shows that the trend toward kayaks becoming the entry level to boating is a real event.  We need to consider the needs of these boaters and modify our infrastructure to suit in way that accommodate easier berthing and egress to the craft, better storage and security in our facilities.

In 2014 we are embarking on a redevelopment of the Sydney Birkenhead Marina.  This involves adding new berths while reconfiguring the existing layout and adding fuel facilities.  This is being done using the Superior Elite timber whaler system and promises to be a landmark project for us in the Sydney market.

All the best in 2014

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