Weekly update – 1 April 2022

Sallyport Seal

Everyone who walks around Old Portsmouth frequently knows the dark (and somewhat pungent) depths of the Sallyport tunnel.  Stretching under the Kings Bastion it is said to be part of the route that Nelson took to embark on his final trip at sea.  Some changes since that date are now visible with a shiny new flood gate door, fitted this week as part of the flood defence work!

 Is that really 25 metres out to sea?

So said the visitors to the Project Information Centre last week when they saw this photo of the first section of the rock armour completed in front of Bandstand Field.   Progress in a week is clear: often four excavators are working on the shoreline at one time to maximise the work potential of those low tides. Well done to the Ovenden Earthmoving and Boskalis Westminster teams!

Burning bridges…

Well, not literally!  But this week the old bridge connecting the Saluting Platform to the promenade towards Clarence Pier was dismantled piece by piece and replaced with our temporary scaffold structure. The replacement bridge (very similar in appearance) will be installed over the summer.  We’ll keep you in the picture!

Marine works forecasts now online

Due to public interest, we are now publishing online forecasts of our marine works involving rock delivery and placement. They can be found on the ‘Resources’ page on our website and the first one is available here.

Please note that the work schedule is subject to change and will only proceed WP AGW (weather permitting; all going well).