Days Bay Wharf
At 75m long, the Days Bay Wharf is the oldest of 4 wharves owned and operated by the Hutt City Council (HCC). It has a Category 2 Historic Trust listing and was constructed in 1895, with another extension added in 1915.
The 2016 Earthquakes had unfortunately damaged the walkway which had become separated from the main structure.
In July 2018, Camelspace Wellington were engaged by the HCC Engineers to help find a solution to the challenges of repairing the wharf while still in operation. The wharf is a very important piece of infrastructure, servicing the residents of Days Bay for their daily commute to Wellington. Typically, there are 16 sailings a day, carrying 100 people at a time.
Wharf temporary public access walkway
Camelspace Operations Manager, Eugene Fourie said, “we had to erect a temporary public access walkway on the outside of the existing wharf so commuters could easily go about their day while Brain Perry Civil carry out repairs.”
“Camelspace, in conjunction with Layher engineers, had to design a scaffold that could still produce 5kpa off a cantilevered bracket attached to piles. The piles were 125 years old and had moved considerably over that time. Attaching the cantilever brackets was also a challenge. From harbour waves, to the Iron Back hardwood timber, it was hard on our guys, and the equipment,” said Eugene.
Eugene continued “Camelspace erected a mobile on the walkway with a hanger down from the deck-side, to help attach the brackets through both pile supports. Also, the Layher Allround scaffolding had to be built in a way that allowed the commuters to walk through the scaffold unimpeded, which was also very challenging. The photos don’t do justice to the overall $3m+ refurbishment cost.”
Thank you to Eugene Fourie of Camelspace Wellington for the use of these photographs.
The scaffolding had to be built in a way that allowed the commuters to walk through the scaffold unimpeded, which was also very challenging. The photos don’t do justice to the overall $3m+ refurbishment cost.
Eugene Fourie, Camelspace
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