Fareham company wins award for work on historic pier

(L-r) The Mayoress of Fareham Anne Ford, Ben Sautter from the RNLI, Brian Hillman, office director for OPUS, Caroline Buttolph, secretary of the National Piers Society and the Mayor of Fareham Mike Ford
(L-r) The Mayoress of Fareham Anne Ford, Ben Sautter from the RNLI, Brian Hillman, office director for OPUS, Caroline Buttolph, secretary of the National Piers Society and the Mayor of Fareham Mike Ford

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AN INFRASTRUCTURE firm has been given an award for its work refurbishing an historic pier.

Fareham-based Opus International Consultants received the Peter Mason Award for building a new boathouse and slipway at Mumbles Pier in Wales.

Caroline Buttolph, secretary of the National Piers Society, presented the honour to Opus at a ceremony at the firm’s office in Salterns Lane.

The Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Mike Ford, and his wife Anne were also there.

The client for the project was the RNLI, which uses the pier to launch its boats.

RNLI head of estates capital projects Howard Richings said: ‘We very pleased with the end result and look forward to the new station providing many years of support to the local community and seafarers generally for many years to come.’

‘The slipway provides for a fast, safe and spectacular launch of the 25-knot Tamar lifeboat which produces a satisfying splash as it enters the water’.