Hoodown workshop facility is situated on the east bank of the river at Kingswear
The facility is approximately 910m2 in size and includes a workshop building and 50m of usable quayside, in addition to this it also has 45m of pontoons a small beach, slip, a drying grid and a 10ton crane
Hoodown is the centre of all river operations and provides the welfare for the river staff, along with all the berthing of the harbour vessels and the storage of equipment, plant and spares.
A fresh water storage/screening and pumping facility and power distribution for K pontoons are all housed at Hoodown.
A variety of maintenance activities are carried out at Hoodown these include maintaining harbour vessels, pontoon manufacture and repair, infrastructure maintenance, maintenance of navigation aids, steel fabrication of new/ replacement parts ie pile brackets, railings, cleats and mooring buoy stems. Moorings Maintenance, wood work, painting and glassfibre work are also catered for. 90% of all Dart Harbour engineering is carried out in house at Hoodown.
All hazardous waste ie waste oil, oily waste, paint and batteries is collected and temporarily stored in designated areas, general river waste ie trees and floating debris and abandoned boats are dealt with along with a limited amount of waste recycling.
Dart Harbour purchased the Hoodown site in the early 1980’s, the original building was then a WW2 nissen hut which was replaced in 1992 with the wooden clad building of today.
In 2011 a further 544m2 of reclaimed quayside hard standing was added along with a 10ton crane and access gangway.