Weekly update – 9 February 2024

1 year
This marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of our first frontage at Long Curtain Moat. Since the opening, thousands of you have wandered up and down the completed frontage.

We think you’ll agree it has been a vast improvement to that area, and we’re proud to be protecting the people of Portsmouth for at least the next 100 years! If you want to share your happy frontage one stories, drop us a line to southseacoastalscheme@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

your hired

You’re hired!

It’s National Apprenticeship Week and we’re celebrating five apprentices currently working at the Southsea Coastal Scheme. Tyler, George, Taylor and Ollie (L-R) are groundworker apprentices and are out in all weathers helping to protect Southsea, while Tommy is helping to keep you all up to date on a business administration apprenticeship in our communications team. All of our apprentices are local and passionate about our project and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for them!

duskCrushing it

Rock work is continuing nicely next to Blue Reef Aquarium. Next week from Tuesday onwards we will begin crushing the demolished materials from the old sea defences in our materials processing compound opposite Clarence Pier. This is to ensure we are carrying out environmental best practice by re-using this crushed material as base layers of fill material when building the future frontages. This material crushing will be carried out between the hours of 7:00 – 19:00 for approximately two weeks.

rebarThe support act…

The supporting ‘toe beam’ is being built at the base of the step units along the edge of the beach at frontage five. The toe beam is a section of concrete that retains the steps and stops them slipping down the slope (as pictured).

The metal parts sticking out from the bottom of the step units are reinforcement bars (rebar) which prevent cracks and provide structural resilience to the concrete. This reinforcement is stainless steel to minimise corrosion in construction. The rebar is tied into the ‘J bolts’ (the bigger ‘J’ shaped bars in the photo) which secure the step units to the steel sheet piles. This ensures stability by connecting all the parts together. Similarly, the top of the stepped revetment units have a similar connection into the promenade.