Week eight update – 30 October 2020


Another week, another archaeological discovery! This week saw us uncovering structural remains of the Old Portsmouth historic defences in two locations on the Clarence Pier Playing Fields. Our site archaeologist has reported the finds back to Historic England and agreed mitigation measures have been adopted. More details to follow…

Over on Sub Frontage 1 between Clarence Pier and the Saluting Platform we continued beach clearance and proving pile line for the east side. We put up a protection screen in front of the Brewers Fayre public house and viewing windows will be incorporated next week. Security cameras have also been installed.

Staying on the beach, next week will see us breaking out and removing the existing concrete ramp. Additional heavy plant will be mobilised in preparation for west side concrete revetment removal and levelling the east working platform material, due to be ‘rainbowed’ by the Sospan Dau dredger on 5 November (weather permitting). We will also commence break out of the west revetment and concrete apron.

On the Pier Road compound, we are continuing to set up the site by organising service connections, pouring and casting concrete bases for the main project offices and getting ready to start fencing the area.