Chichester Winter Lock Shutdown & Modernisation Works
Chichester Marina’s lock is planned to shut in January for 8-12 weeks of modernisation and maintenance. The lock was constructed in 1964, and whilst it has been carefully maintained since, time has caught up with it and it now requires upgrading to ensure that it is efficient, reliable and fit for the future.
Aside from standard winter maintenance, the modernisation will involve a £400,000 programme to include repairing damage to the gates after a boat struck them last month; replacing the inner and outer gate bearings; rebuilding the lock’s gearbox and supporting steel work; rewiring the lock and installing a new lock control system.
However, since Premier’s maintenance team will be working with 55 year old drawings and a structure which will require bespoke components to be fabricated, due to the lock having been engineered prior to the introduction of the metric system, the true extent of the work required and the time it will take, will only be clear when the works are underway and the parts of the lock currently concealed are visible.
Premier chose the winter period for the shutdown as most of its berth holders’ boats are either ashore at this time or not in use. Berth Holders who regularly use their boat in the winter months should contact the Chichester Marina team via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call them on 01243 512 731 to discuss potential berthing options.