Ryde Pier is an early 19th century pier serving the town of Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England. It is the world’s oldest seaside pleasure pier. Ryde Pier Head Railway Station is at the sea end of the pier, and Ryde Esplanade railway station at the land end, both served by Island Line trains.

Ryde’s pier is the second-longest seaside pier in the country. Only Southend’s is longer. The original wooden structure at Ryde opened in 1814. At 1,740 feet, it allowed ferries to berth even at low tide, when the sea retreats half-a-mile from the shore.

Ryde Pier extends approximately 665m northwards across the Ryde Sands from Ryde Esplanade Station on the north coast of the Isle of Wight to Ryde Pier Head Station. It is a grillage deck type structure and carries a two-track electrified railway which serves passengers travelling to the Isle of Wight via Ferry from Portsmouth. The structure was originally constructed circa 1880 and various repairs and modifications have been made during its life to date. The railway pier and platforms are owned by Network Rail and the line is leased to Southwestern Railway.

The pier consists of three separate structures:

  1. The promenade, constructed in 1813 that received steamboats from Portsmouth from 1818. This structure has been extended on two occasions from 530m to 622m to 686m and is currently used for vehicular, passenger and cyclist access to the pier head. The promenade is a grade II listed structure.
  2. Tram structure, constructed in 1864 alongside the promenade. This structure carried horse drawn trams that took passengers to the Esplanade Station however this is structure is no longer in use.
  3. The railway structure, constructed between 1878 and 1880 adjacent to the tram structure. In 1967 the railway was electrified and since then, the railway structure carried Class 483 London Underground rolling stock until 2021 when they were replaced with Class 484 stock. The rolling stock consists of 2 and 4-car electrical units that run 68 services a day between Ryde Pier Head Station and Shanklin Station. In 1962, the superstructure was re-decked with new steelwork. The substructure (consisting of wrought iron columns and bracing) was retained.

Jack Tighe Ltd was awarded the contract to provide surface preparation and apply protective coatings to Ryde Pier, Bays 1 to 11 in 2023 by Octavius Infrastructure Ltd.

This case study focusses on our working scope and work completed between July 2023 and December 2023. Due to budget constraints, JTL were tasked to complete work on Bays 1 to 3 of the Overhead Superstructure and all of the Structural Columns, Bays 1 to 11 during this period. The Pier has 85 bays in total.

All Jack Tighe Ltd operatives received a site induction from Octavius Infrastructure Ltd to ensure safe working practices and PPE requirements are complied with. The site induction covered all emergency arrangements on site.

Access to Bays 1 and 2 was via mobile aluminium towers suppled and erected by JTL, checked by a competent trained Pasma operative. Access to bays 3 to 11 was via fully fixed encapsulated scaffolding supplied by Octavius Infrastructure Ltd.

JTL installed terram sheeting on the floor area (beach or scaffold deck) to catch any debris arising from our surface preparation activities. Within the scaffold working area, debris netting was held in place on the 2 outside faces of the girders using magnets.

The majority of our company owned equipment was transported via the Portsmouth Ferry Terminal from the mainland to the Isle of Wight. In terms of local spend and contributing social value to the local economy in the Ryde area, JTL hired in small compressors, tools and Scaffold Towers from local Suppliers.

Paint supplies were ordered from Jotun paints and were delivered directly to our Fareham branch. This enabled our operatives to collect supplies locally from Fareham as and when required, reducing our overall carbon footprint.

JTL worked closely with Octavius and attended weekly meetings to discuss tide timetables and planning for the working week ahead.

Specification: –

QP2232 – Protective Treatment – Substructure Columns – UHP Blast Clean to WJ2 Visual Standard – BS EN ISO 8501-4

  • UHP Blast Clean – Waterjet clean 36000PSI of all columns and supports to achieve a standard of WJ2 ISO8501-01
  • Apply overall coat by brush/spray – Jotamastic 90 GF to achieve 350 microns dry film thickness.
  • Apply by brush stripe coat – Jotamastic 90 GF coating finish to edges, bolts, and venerable areas.
  • Apply overall coat by brush/spray – Jotamastic 90 GF to achieve 700 microns dry film thickness – Excluding Stripe Coats

QP2232 – Protective Treatment – Overhead Superstructure – UHP Blast clean to WJ2 & Mechanically Clean to Visual Standard ST3 – BS EN ISO 8501-1

  • UHP Blast Clean – Waterjet clean 36000PSI of all steel to achieve a standard of WJ2 ISO8501-04
  • Descale – Remove heavy corrosion by means of chipping hammer/lump hammer.
  • Mechanically clean to ST3 Standard.
  • Wet blast/3000psi cone water jet – Using garnet for any burst areas.
  • 3000 psi water jet – rinse down all areas using 3000 psi fanned jet washer to remove salts and contaminates.
  • Apply overall coat by brush/spray – Jotamastic 90 aluminium to achieve 350 microns dry film thickness.
  • Apply by brush stripe coat – Jotamastic 90 GF coating finish to edges, bolts, and venerable areas.
  • Apply overall coat by brush/spray – Jotamastic 90 GF to achieve 700 microns dry film thickness – Excluding Stripe Coats

Quality Plans were prepared for both the overhead superstructure painting work and the substructure columns (legs) painting work as per the specification.

Due to the significant lead content present in the existing paint system on site and the potential risk to operatives during the removal of the paint system, the Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002 will apply.

Plant and Equipment on site included Compressors, blast pots, diesel bowsers, spray pumps, clean air packs, forklift trucks, UHP Equipment, Mobile Aluminium Towers, Decontamination Unit and Generators.

Works were completed successfully and to programme in December 2023. Going forward, JTL have submitted painting quotations to complete all additional bays (up to bay 85).

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