Weekly update – 16 April 2021

Another significant milestone this week with the first delivery of around 5000 tonnes of Anorthosite rock from Norway offloaded east of the Spur Redoubt. A coaster (named Liamare) was used to ship the rock and anchored in the Solent whilst a barge (named Mormaen) and tug brought the rocks closer to the shore for offloading. Work now starts to layer the rocks in order to dissipate the force from waves. This includes excavating the area in front of the east pile line. The rear pile line has progressed extremely well this week and is now within metres of the Spur Redoubt. There are 202 piles (steel sheets) on the rear line, with about 150 piles left to put in place overall. Also progressing well is the fitting of the waling beam (a horizontal beam, anchoring and supporting the piles already driven into place to ensure stability). About 60 metres of drainage has been installed on the eastern side of the works in preparation for the new promenade. We are looking forward to welcoming new marine life to rock revetment tidal pools when they are installed - hopefully we will see seaweed, barnacles, crabs, and fingers crossed…a starfish or two! Finally, we are delighted to announce that the Southsea Coastal Scheme has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2021 Construction Excellence SECBE Awards. We're in the running to take out the Conservation and Regeneration category for our Long Curtain Moat conservation repairs and enabling works undertaken in 2020. Good luck team!