Project Overview

What

We are building new coastal defences that reduce the risk of a major flood event now and for the next 100 years. We also seek to enable regeneration, enhance the public realm and improve the setting of the many historic and cultural features that make our seafront so unique.

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Why

The current coastal defences do not offer a sufficient level of protection and are at the end of their serviceable life, leaving 8,077 homes and 704 commercial properties in Southsea at risk from coastal flooding. Recent failures, such as at Long Curtain Moat, have demonstrated this. The predicted effects of climate change will increase this risk further over the next century.

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How

In 2020, the government awarded nearly £100m of funding to the Southsea Coastal Scheme. Funding from the Environment Agency was the final hurdle the Portsmouth City Council project had to overcome and work started on 7 September 2020.
Previously, the Council was allocated £6.5m of grant funding from central government to progress the design phase of the project.

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When

Construction began in September 2020 and is due for completion in 2026. Recommendations from national and local policies let to a shortlist of options, which were taken to public consultation in November 2014. Design development work commenced in 2017

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Who

The Southsea Coastal Scheme is being delivered by what is known as an 'Integrated Delivery Team'. It is comprised of experts from a range of different fields and organisations, all working together as one team. We are all passionate about Southsea seafront and want to protect and enhance its unique character.

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