Charles Brand were contracted to undertake the re-development of an iconic viewpoint on the North Antrim Causeway coastline (AONB, Marine SAC, SAC, SSSI, World Heritage Site) in order to enhance visitors experience of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Works included the extension of the existing coastal cliff path, extension and relocation of the carpark and the fabrication and installation of two iconic cantilevered cliff viewpoints, one on the North West of the site with views of the Whiterocks / Portrush and the other on the North East of the site with views of Dunluce Castle.
Innovation has been at the core of the project for Charles Brand. Innovative Materials used on the Magheracross Project included the use of Exposed Aggregate Concrete for the public footpaths. An innovative process on the scheme also included the use of “Rock Shoes” on the Piles to support the Viewing Platforms. Typically, Mini Piles do not require the use of Rock Shoes. However, due to the potential risk of Piles not being able to key into the underlying bedrock, special Rock Shoes were designed to be used in conjunction with the standard Mini Pile.
The Viewpoint Walkway Platforms are a fundamental and integral element to the overall Magheracross Viewpoint Scheme. The platforms are the focal point for the entire project. In order to drive efficiencies on this project, “lean construction methods” were adopted. The idea to fabricate the platform and undertake a mock “assembly” meant that any potential quality issues were eradicated at source. The mock assembly helped test integrity, served as a quality control process and also assisted with developing robust installation methodologies to safeguard staff on site due to the high risk nature of the installation.
Another key performance indicator for Charles Brand was the use of local supply chain. The use of local suppliers meant assuring accessibility of materials, relatively local to the area. This also added to our sustainability score on the project.
“The project represents a significant addition to the tourism infrastructure along the renowned Causeway Coastal Route. The views from both locations are simply breath-taking and the new world-class infrastructure offers visitors a closer appreciation of nature’s wonders along our coastline. We want to encourage sustainable tourism growth within our local economy and through this collaboration we have ensured a high level of quality in the provision of our public spaces.”
- Councillor Richard Holmes, Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council
James leads all pre-construction activity including Business Development, Supply Chain Engagement, Preparation of PQQs, Tenders and Managing Multi-Disciplinary Teams. A graduate of the Queens University of Belfast, James is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, specialising in infrastructure and marine engineering.