Weekly update – 8 December 2023


What a load of bollards…

As explained in last week’s update, the coastal engineering is complete on frontage 4 (Blue Reef Aquarium to the Pyramids) and between now and spring/summer we are ensuring all of the ‘finishing touches’ are in place and working! This week the first lot of lighting bollards have been installed, the bollards are designed to be robust. An exciting milestone, as many of you may remember before this work began – there was no lighting around the Southsea Castle promenade area!

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Shingle Bells, shingle bells…!

We have successfully removed the Trident monument beside Southsea Beach Club and have now started the removal of the Aboukir monument. As mentioned last week, we are removing them earlier than planned to protect them following recent storm damage to the area surrounding them – they will be reinstated when frontage 3 (Blue Reef to Hovertravel) is complete. We will be working this weekend as we will be moving excess shingle from beside Hovertravel to beside The Beach Club. This is to protect the corner of The Beach Club (from which we have just safely removed Trident) following damage from recent storms.




Merry and Bright(on)

This week we had a visit from first and third year civil engineering students from Brighton University. The students enjoyed a presentation and Q & A from our Technical Lead Alex, followed by a walk and talk around frontage 4 at Southsea Castle.



On the road again!

We are back ‘on the road’ following our popular roadshow this summer – but rather than bringing our gazebo out in December, we have opted for an indoor venue. Come and see us for a face-to-face update on Tuesday, 12 December 2023 between 11 am and 2 pm at the Southsea Library in Palmerston Road. We will have colleagues from engineering and design on board to answer all your questions, as well as an exhibition on the latest plans for ongoing and upcoming work. See you there!



Dreaming of a green Christmas…

The Southsea Coastal Scheme is a major project within the city, but it’s not the only one. Portsmouth City Council has highlighted 13 of its climate action projects to mark the COP28 world climate conference. The council has committed to becoming a net zero council and city by 2030. If you are interested in climate action projects, then you can find out more about what the council is doing, and receive some top tips on green living, by signing up to our fortnightly climate action bulletin. Learn more on the council website – 13 Portsmouth projects to mark annual climate conference – Portsmouth City Council