Broughty Ferry Jetty

Spencer Group constructed a suspended walkway and landing/refuelling stage jetty into the River Tay. The exterior of the west side of the jetty required a hardwood timber wave screen to relieve the river flow on the interior of the pier.

Key Project Details

Client Royal National Lifeboat Institute
Duration 6 months
Location Dundee

Project Scope

Spencer Group were contracted to build a new innovative ‘L’ shaped jetty in the River Tay. The works consisted of a suspended walkway and landing/refuelling stage to create an ‘alongside’ berth for the RNLI’s new £2m lifeboat. The main elements involved the installation of 35 tubular steel piles (up to 30m in length), structural steel walkways with open mesh flooring, hand railings, 18m long timber berthing piles, fenders and a hardwood timber formed a new protective wave/river flow screen. The unique ‘L’ shaped jetty provides calm waters to extract lifeboats offshore.

The project involved

35 tubular steel piles
timber berth piles


The project provided the RNLI with a highly innovative jetty to accommodate for new lifeboats. Timber berthing piles were attached on the rear of the west side off the jetty, to act as a tidal defence system and create a harbour environment on the interior of the jetty.

The main challenge faced during construction was working within the River Tay which has the largest volume of discharge in the UK. Spencer Group operatives were therefore conducting marine piling in one of the UK’s fastest flowing rivers.

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The project involved

structural steel walkways
hardwood timber wave screen