Weekly update – 25 August 2023
We’re in the process of clearing the bandstand field, which we have been using to house machinery and materials during construction.
Once the area is cleared, we’ll be top-soiling and re-seeding the field during September. The field will remain cordoned off to give the grass chance to re-establish. In April 2024 we’ll re-seed the field again, in time for a green summer in the bandstand field.
We recently showed you the freshly poured concrete bases of the benches around Southsea Castle. They’re starting to take shape now as the timber frames and back rests are installed. We took a seat for five minutes, just to check, and we can confirm that they are very comfortable, with a top notch view!
We had a visit this week from Cllr Suzy Horton, pictured here enjoying the ‘Theatre of The Sea’. Cllr Horton had this to say:
“I have followed the progress of this incredible engineering project from the early planning stages. Like many local people, this is the location of my childhood, packed full of memories, so the current scheme matters a lot. I was absolutely wowed at the design, the materials and the attention to detail of this section. There are some fun additions and I know that the memories of the future are ready to be made.”
Back in June we wrote to those who own a memorial bench within the upcoming area of construction, frontage five, which runs between The Pyramids and just west of the Baffled Coffee kiosk. The memorial benches in this area will start to be removed from September 2023. We then plan to temporarily install all memorial plaques from this area on two new benches along the promenade towards the eastern end of Clarence Parade. This will be temporary until the plaques are replaced on new seating as close to their original locations as possible when the area reopens in late 2024.