Designing a new commuter wharf based on a floating pontoon
Designing wharfs for ports where there is significant tidal variation is no easy task, especially where there is also the possibility of severe weather conditions making the dock unsafe and unusable.
The old Woy Woy Town Centre wharf presented that problem, becoming submerged during King Tides and in severe weather conditions. We were engaged by the Central Coast Council to design a new wharf that can overcome these conditions. The solution was a floating pontoon, which can rise and fall with changing water levels, ensuring access in nearly all conditions. The floating pontoon concept even allows for a measure of sea level rise due to climate change.
A priority for the design was providing accessibility to all community members, especially those using mobility aids. The new wharf also incorporates a covered gangway and shelter, solar lighting, smart benches with mobile phone charging capacity, and a wheelchair lift. The completed wharf is a significant upgrade and is being used by both recreational boaters and commuter ferries with boats up to 35 metres in length being able to use the wharf.
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