Weekly update – 8 March 2024

light columbsLet there be light…

This week has been exciting for developments along frontage four (Pyramids to Blue Reef) as we’re starting to install the lighting columns all along the promenade. These pictured columns are still in their wrapping and awaiting the light on top but, as you can see, there will be plenty of light throughout this area with a mixture of lighting columns and lighting bollards being installed.

Sospan dau scaled
The Sospan returns!

Surprise! The Sospan Dau dredging vessel is returning next week for another spectacular display of ‘rainbowing’ shingle onto the beach! Earlier in the year you may have seen the Sospan in action replenishing the beach in front of the Pyramids. In a lot of Southsea the beach is the first line of sea defence so it is important to make sure the beach is topped up and big enough to add protection. We are planning two loads of material to replenish the beach near the Rowing Club and Hovertravel on 13-14 March during two of the high tides (each load lasting two hours). Let us know if you manage to catch this impressive sight!

isabella Spicer
Bella on wave of success

It’s Women in Construction Week and we’re introducing Bella, our placement civil engineering student from the University of Bath. Following her time with us, Bella is heading to Fiji for 8 weeks to volunteer with a sustainable infrastructure project before returning to complete her degree.

Bella encourages women to enter the engineering industry: “To me, ‘keys to the future’ means recognising the contributions of women within the construction industry and supporting our female colleagues as well as breaking stereotypes.” Read Bella’s story: http://www.southseacoastalscheme.org.uk/bella-on-wave-of…/

STEM fair
STEM growing careers

This week we attended the Solent Primary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) Fair at CEMAST, Fareham College’s Centre of Excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training, where we spoke to lots of primary school pupils about the scheme and careers including civil engineering. The pupils all had a go at working in teams, much like we do in construction, to plan and build the tallest free standing tower using just spaghetti and mini marshmallows. We certainly met some budding engineers!