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A floating wooden pontoon on Lake Neufchâteau

As part of the new tourism project for Lake Neufchâteau, local authorities turned to Dock Marine Europe for the installation of an NBC Marine floating wooden pontoon.


As part of the new tourism project for Lake Neufchâteau, local authorities turned to Dock Marine Europe for the installation of an NBC Marine floating wooden pontoon.

 

Background

For a long time there has been a walkway around the beautiful Lake Neufchâteau. The only problem was that part of this walkway crossed over a narrow bridge also used by cars. With the construction of the lake's new leisure centre an opportunity arose to finally find a solution to this issue with the design of a floating pontoon that circumvents the bridge and gives the walk an even more rustic feel.

 

Respect of the Natural Setting

To develop this stretch of the walk, landscape architect Marie Defise has designed a 35-metre floating pontoon that crosses the far west of the lake. This new pontoon directly connects the existing walkway to a new section which also provides access to the new complex via the riverbank. It was therefore only natural that the NBC wooden pontoon would be used to ensure this new element blends perfectly into the stunning natural setting of Lake Neaufchâteau.

The Dock Marine Europe teams installed the pontoon with the help of construction company Jerouville, who have been commissioned by the local authorities to build the new site and its access points. The pontoon is 35 metres long and very close to the water, blending seamlessly into the surrounding environment thanks to its shape and the materials used in its construction.

 

On a technical front, the pontoon is anchored by chains to circular anchors on the bed of the lake. The pontoon can be accessed via two footbridges anchored to concrete blocks leading directly onto the bridge thanks to special wheels. This mechanism enables the pontoon to adapt to variations in the lake's water level over the seasons.

 

A large-scale project

The development of this walkway around the lake is part of a larger tourism project led by the commune of Neufchâteau to equip the site with a leisure centre and modern HORECA infrastructure. The building's clever architecture evokes a boat moored to the banks of the lake. In addition to the large terraces facing the lake, the complex also has a beach and playgrounds that are perfectly integrated into the landscape. The site will be open to the public from October 2018.