Weekly update – 4 June 2021

Sun's out and so are the half term crowds at Southsea!  Hopefully, with the relaxation of some COVID restrictions, you've been able to come down to check out the progress at Frontage 1 (Long Curtain Moat), as well as enjoying all the fun of the fair at Clarence Pier. We've continued splitting the space between the front and rear pile lines into sections or ‘bays’, and have completed bay one of eight and commenced work on bay two. Here, the rear waling beam (horizontal beam fitted across the steel pile line for stability) to the front pile line has been fitted, while concrete pouring to the front of the rear pile line has created a toe beam (another structure to provide support and prevent erosion). Due to the warm weather, we have covered the fresh concrete with damp hessian to prevent it drying too fast and cracking. Thanks to Angus, our Portsmouth University graduate engineer for showing off bay two in the photo. It's great to see progress every week, and changes to the foundations for the wall that links the original city walls to the defence walls are no exception. The reinforcement structure is in place ready for an imminent concrete pour. With the blinding (a base layer installed for a clean level working surface) complete at the pile line east of the Spur Redoubt we are continuing to install the toe beam in readiness for placement of more rock revetment (sloping structure) in the summer.