TSHD Sospan Dau back in Southsea

Following a visit in November to form the eastern temporary platform, the TSHD Sospan Dau has returned to the Southsea coast.

The dredger will continue rainbowing material onto the foreshore, between Clarence Pier and the Spur Redoubt.

The dredged material will be levelled to complete the installation of the western temporary working platform.

VSBW, a VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster Ltd. joint venture, is the main contractor working to deliver the new sea defences as part of the Southsea Coastal Defence Scheme.

Stretching for 4.5km from Old Portsmouth to Eastney, the scheme will help to reduce the risk of flooding to more than 10,000 homes and 700 businesses.

The Southsea Coastal Scheme got underway on 7 September 2020 with the construction of coastal defences between Long Curtain Moat and Clarence Pier.

The first of six phases in the Portsmouth City Council-led project came after some 10 years of planning.

The entire scheme is the UK’s largest coastal defences project, worth more than £100 million.

Photo: VolkerStevin