Identifying our future coastal engineers

Portsmouth's future coastal engineers have been putting their geography knowledge to good use through a series of engagements with our local schools which have looked at the history of the Southsea coast and of course, the Southsea Coastal Scheme. The Scheme's Project Team Leader, Zane Gunton, delivered interactive sessions with students at St Swithun's Catholic Primary School and Springfield School to look at how various types of coastal defences work before asking them to put their building and planning hats on to come up with innovative designs on how they would protect the coastline and what development opportunities these could bring.
Zane was very impressed with the creativity of some of the proposals and said "it was great to see these students really thinking about the reasons why new defences are needed and producing some really interesting designs of their own. There were certainly some budding young engineers in the group so the future looks bright!" Matthew Dunn, Assistant Headteacher at St Swithuns Catholic Primary School said: "Our pupils really enjoyed learning about the impact of Portsmouth’s coastal defences as part of their geography week. They not only learnt about the potential damage that the rising sea levels and weathering could cause to Portsmouth but also started to unpick the defences that will be used and the reasoning behind the defences along the coastline. This then helped them, as part of their topic, to evaluate how Southsea is likely to change over the next 20 years and how the defences will support the growth of Southsea." If you are a school or community group and would like to be involved in local engagement activities please contact us via email or through the Get in Touch page.