Southsea Project Information Centre opens today

Southsea Coastal Scheme is about to celebrate another milestone, opening of the Project Information Centre.

The Project Information Centre, located at the Pier Road site offices in Southsea, will finally open today, 27 September.

Elsewhere, the crews are powering through the creation of the rock revetment (sloped wall structure), coming up to the Spur Redoubt at the centre of site where they will join up the eastern rock defence with the west. This will mark the end of this crucial part of the defence construction.

According to the latest update, workers have been grateful for sun instead of rain last week as they continued to pour concrete to the east promenade capping beam (horizontal beam sitting on top the steel pile line to create a finished look and assist in keeping the piles stable).

Lastly, scaffolding work continues for hydro demolition of the existing capping beam on the footbridge from the Saluting Platform. The contractors have put measures in place to contain the water run off from the works to prevent pollution to Long Curtain Moat.

The Southsea Coastal Scheme is being delivered as a joint venture by VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster (VSBW), and is the UK’s largest local authority-led coastal defences project, worth more than £100m.

It will stretch for 4.5 km, from Old Portsmouth to Eastney, and will help to reduce the risk of flooding to more than 10,000 homes and 700 businesses. Phase one of six of the Southsea Coastal Scheme started in September 2020.

Photo: Southsea Coastal Scheme