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The Meercat team have just waved goodbye to our latest 15m workboat ‘TopLoader’ to the Topbond PLC group. The vessel was completed to schedule with the new owners arriving to take over and sail her to London where she is due to start work on a project straight away.

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 Dreamland Margate Scenic Railway
Dreamland’s refurbished vintage scenic railway opened to the public on 16th October 2015

The reconstruction of the 1920 vintage wooden rollercoaster, a hugely important piece of the Margate regeneration programme is completed.

Dreamland finally closed its doors in 2006 and now after many years of campaigning, this nostalgic vintage amusement park finally reopened this summer.

If Dreamland is to help breath life back into Margate, then the scenic railway will be the heart that makes it beat. Built in 1920 and damaged by fire in 2008, the wheels on the oldest wooden rollercoaster in the UK have now once again started to turn.

Topbond PLC, the Sittingboune based civil engineering specialists were given the task of reconstructing the structure that was Grade II listed in 2002 and Grade II* listed in 2011.

Topbond MD Glenn Springett says “It hasn’t been without its challenges. Constructing ‘like for like’ to maintain its Grade II listing whilst complying with current design standards naturally resulted in conflict. Working closely with English Heritage during the project we have overcome those challenges”.

The 14m high timber construction is not fixed to its new concrete foundations. Instead it sits on neoprene pads that will absorb shock loadings - gravity holds the structure in place. In all, there is 930m of track around the ride.

300 tons of Spruce will replace the existing softwood used, a very durable timber, which was sourced from Germany. The plantation was chosen for its fairly constant climate. The timber was sawn, then graded to C24 requirements before being shipped to the UK where it was double vacuum treated and checked for adequate penetration of the preserve.

Glenn Springett, Managing Director at Topbond with Eddie Kemsley CEO, Dreamland (left) and Grant Burton, Capital Development Manager, Thanet District Council (right)Glenn Springett, Managing Director at Topbond with Eddie Kemsley CEO, Dreamland (left) and Grant Burton, Capital Development Manager, Thanet District Council (right)

 

A dynamic analysis was undertaken to provide the worse case loadings at each trestle location around the ride. This included loadings on both horizontal and vertical curves together with canting around the bends. This enabled Topbond to structurally analyse every timber component on the job. The geometry of the ride means that every support trestle is different, so each one had to be detailed separately.

John Riddle Topbond’s senior structures engineer said ‘I take my hat off to the original team that built this structure without the technology which is available to us today - It has certainly stood the test of time, being in daily use for most of its 90 years is testament to their engineering capability.’

Bolts have replaced nails to provide more secure fixings for all the bracing. There are in excess of 30,000 bolts used on the whole project.

The original train had a ‘Brake Man’ operating a brake to control the speed of the train that speeded up when raining and windy – It was also affected by the number and weight of the passengers. Current regulations will not allow total dependence on a brake man to control the speed, so magnetic brakes will be installed at strategic locations around the ride.

This scheme is a first for Topbond, who are delighted to have been involved with this fabulous re-creation of the original timber scenic railway structure.

Director of Community Services for Thanet District Council, Larissa Reed said: “We’re delighted that the Scenic Railway is open for the public to ride once again. Breathing new life into Britain’s oldest surviving rollercoaster has been an immense challenge, but the time, dedication and attention to detail taken by our contractors to replicate an authentic heritage experience has been worth the wait. I’m sure the sights and sounds of the iconic Scenic Railway will evoke many happy memories from the community who have been so passionate and patient with this journey. The launch marks another positive step forward in the continued regeneration of our original seaside town. A big thank you to our partners, the community and Topbond for helping this ambitious vision become a reality.

 

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For further information please contact:

John Riddle
Senior Structures Engineer on: 01795 414050

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TOPBOND are proud to announce the arrival of their new Jack Up Barge - TOPJACK

TOPJACK is a Jack Up barge with 250 Tonne lift capacity and available for hire. The Barge is of Modular construction and as such can be transported by road or by Sea. It has legs 36m in length and as such can operate in water depths of up to 25m. At 24.4m in length and 17.08m wide it offers a large deck capacity and is ideal for a variety of roles including; marine construction and engineering projects, survey work, wind farm installation and maintenance support, dredging work etc (see specification for further data).

The Barge is classed by GL and certified under the UK MCA workboat code (cat 2)

The introduction of this vessel adds to TOPBOND’s growing inventory of marine plant and enhances our existing capability in all sectors of marine construction, maintenance and operations.

In addition to being available for TOPBOND’s own use TOPLIFT is available for hire or longer term charters along with competent Barge Master and Jacking Assistant.

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For further information or quotes please contact:

Martin Kitajewski on 01795 414050

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Topbond are proud to announce the arrival of their new multicat road-transportable multi-purpose workboat - TOPLIFT.

TOPLIFT is a multicat workboat offering large deck cargo capacity, twin deck cranes, shallow draft, spud legs and winch capability. Classed to MCA Category 2 (60 nautical miles from a safe haven) it is ideal for a variety of roles including; marine construction and engineering projects, wind turbine survey, installation and maintenance support, dive support, dredging support, buoy maintenance, salvage operations and cargo, fuel and water supply. (see attached specification for further data).

In addition to its sea going classification the innovative design of the vessel allows it to be transported by road giving greater flexibility as to possible deployment times, areas and costs. The introduction of this vessel adds to TOPBOND’s growing inventory of marine plant and enhances our existing capability in all sectors of marine construction, maintenance and operations.

In addition to being available for TOPBOND’s own use TOPLIFT is available for hire or longer term charters along with competent crew.

 

 

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For further information or quotes please contact:

Martin Kitajewski on 01795 414050

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 Having been fortunate enough to work on a number of Olympic projects Topbond fully endorse the goal of providing a lasting legacy and are delighted to be supporting this goal by sponsoring two local sports teams.

They have been involved in the  Maidstone Rugby Club U13 team for the past two seasons and are proud to have the team sporting the Topbond logo on their shirts.

 

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They have also recently agreed to sponsor a  BMX Racing team set up by one of their employees for children aged 7 and up and the Topbond name will also appear on their shirts.

 

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Topbond are proud to announce that they have achieved accredited to ISO 14001 and 18001.

 

They have been accredited to ISO 9001 for quality since 1996, but in the past twelve months they have developed an Integrated Management System which is complaint with the Environmental Standard ISO 14001 and the Health and Safety Standard  OHSAS18001.

 

The accreditation applies to both their Sittingbourne Head Office and their Kirton in Lindsey, North Lincolnshire,  branch office and encompasses their Topbond, HTS, Intaspan and Broadmead Renaissance Cast Stone Divisons.  The processes have been audited by NQA and confirmed as compliant.

 

Topbond Group Managing Director commented 'These accreditations demonstrate Topbond's commitment to continuous improvement and I should like to thank all staff for their work in enabling us to achieve these two standards.'

 

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Topbond are pleased to announce that they are now members of the Corrosion Prevention Association.

This Association represents consultants, contractors and manufacturers working in the field of corrosion prevention for reinforced concrete and masonry encased steel.

Membership of the Assocation further promotes Topbond's reputation and expertise in the field of corrosion prevention and in particular cathodic protection, where they have undertaken a number of high profile contracts, including the Queen's Park Bridge Rochdale which was the subject of a Concrete Bridge Development Group  Technical Paper.  Staff are trained in cathodic protection procedures, including the Institute of Corrosion Cathodic Protection Technician examination.

 

 

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Topbond participates in the South East Business Carbon Hub Steps to Environmental Management (STEM) scheme which promotes best practice in Environmental Management.

Topbond has achieved Silver level in this scheme.

 

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