Weekly update – 24 November 2023

Demolition mission…
Last week we explained that we're building the connecting section from frontage four (Pyramids to Blue Reef) to frontage three (Blue Reef to Hovertravel) so that we are able to open frontage four next year. The demolition of the old sea defences next to Blue Reef has started and will continue through the weekend (but only during daytime hours to minimise disruption).
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Let there be light!
This week, the final grade 2 listed lighting column has been removed from frontage 5 (Pyramids to Baffled Coffee Kiosk). These lighting columns will be taken away and renovated before being reinstated at a later date. A Grade 2 listed building is defined as a UK building or structure that is "of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve it".
Practice makes perfect
We've been using our compound behind Southsea's Brewers Fayre pub to practice installing the new pre-cast stepped slopes (revetments) that will make up the steps connecting the promenade onto the beach on frontage five (Pyramids to Baffled Coffee Kiosk). Most of these steps will be covered in beach material. We'll soon be installing  a total of 141 pre-cast concrete stepped revetments in frontage five.
Spotlight on…Gemma!
Gemma studied Civil Engineering at Southampton University. She's from North Yorkshire but has been on the south coast for more than 17 years. Gemma has worked on the Southsea Coastal Scheme as a project planner for three years. She's in charge of the programme and knows every little detail of the project, making sure we have a schedule to adhere to - so we need Gemma! Gemma has completed the Marathon Des Sables which is a 150-mile race across the Sahara desert! But life is all about balance and she also enjoys reading, watching films and other sedentary activities that can be completed from the sofa.