Weekly update – 8 April 2022


No, not the throwback flavoured milk drink from our younger years! A crusher will be operational in the Ministry of Defence playing fields near Clarence Pier over the next few weeks during the day, crushing demolition materials such as concrete and stone broken out from the old sea defences. This will help us achieve our aim of being a zero waste Scheme by processing and reusing waste from the project in other ways: saving up to £4m in landfill costs, avoiding 24,600 lorry movements and preventing 3,950t of CO2 being released by vehicle movements into the atmosphere.

Puzzled at Pompey

We’ve finished installing the pre cast units for the tie in wall (connecting wall between the old wall at the Saluting Platform and the new flood defence). Each of these wall units is a bespoke design. They’ll be pieced together like a puzzle to fit seamlessly around the new and old structures.

Ah but…but….but…

….abutments! On the west at Frontage 1 we’re removing the abutments that supported the old bridge we removed at the caponier last week. We’re doing this with hydro demolition, a process that uses high pressure water jets to prevent damage to the historic structures. We will keep you posted on the replacement bridge which is due to be fitted over the summer.

Rocks keep rolling in!

We are now publishing online forecasts of our marine works involving rock delivery and placement on the ‘Resources’ page on our website. Please note that the work schedule is subject to change and will only proceed WP AGW (weather permitting; all going well).

The high winds prevented some progress last week, but it gave us a chance to have a blustery walk around for photos with Tim from the Boskalis team. Can you spot the purple sandpiper in the below image?