A local jetty contractor engaged Project Urban to obtain a marine structure approval for installation of a pontoon for a residential property in Brisbane’s Norman Park. Here’s how we managed the application for a replacement pontoon designed to accommodate a large vessel at the residential site. Read on to learn about our process and find out what the client had to say…
The property owner had an existing marine structure however it was insufficient to accommodate a new, considerably larger vessel. While the building contractor would reuse the catwalk and deck, a new pontoon and piles were needed.
Project Urban initially discussed the proposed pontoon with the building contractor to understand what the property owner wanted to achieve and to understand the proposed pontoon design. Armed with this briefing, Project Urban organised a prelodgement meeting with the property owner, contractor and state agencies to discuss two possible options – a “u-shaped” pontoon where the moored vessel directly faced the property and a more traditional design where the pontoon and vessel are parallel to the property. Significant time and importance was placed on maritime safety matters along with the use of state land.
Following the meeting and taking into consideration all state agency advice, the property owner decided on the traditional parallel design.
Project Urban then obtained owner’s consent from the state government and obtained all required Council and State Approvals for the proposed structure. Once the application was approved, Project Urban checked the approval conditions to ensure that they were viable and reasonable and communicated them to the contractor, noting any special requirements.
For the Norman Park pontoon, approval was achieved within four months, with additional time spent investigating the suitability of the original u-shaped pontoon proposal.
Should you require consulting and application services for proposed jetties, pontoons, boardwalks, revetment walls, public facilities and marinas, please contact our Project Urban’s Marine Structures division.
This is what the property owner had to say…
“I would like to thank Trish Belt at Project Urban for securing the required approvals for our new pontoon in Brisbane.
In endeavouring to have a pontoon on the river which suited my large vessel, Trish’s background in understanding the legislation along the lengthy approval pathway and negotiating with the various government departments was vital to a successful outcome. Trish kept me up-to-date with correspondence from the various entities along the way and ensured I had an understanding of the restrictions that had to be complied with. With a positive outlook and friendly disposition, Trish was happy to answer all of my questions and I would have no hesitation in recommending her efficient consultancy services to any other prospective pontoon owner.”