Mackley to deliver next phase of North Portsea Island Coastal Defence Scheme in UK

WCN Editorial Team 27 Sep 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based Mackley Construction has been selected by Portsmouth City Council to complete the next phase of £58m North Portsea Island Coastal Defence Scheme in England.

Covering 8.4km of coastline from Tipner through to Milton, the scheme is intended to reduce the risk of coastal flooding over the next 100 years, thus protecting more than 4,000 households and 500 businesses.

The fiver-phase scheme is being delivered by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) on behalf of Portsmouth City Council.

Mackley Construction will work with Portsmouth City Council to deliver the North Portsea Island coastal defence scheme’s fourth phase, which is split into two sections.

The first section will cover 300m near Kendall's Wharf, raising the road and constructing an earth embankment for which the planning permission has been granted. Work is scheduled to commence this week.

Under the second package, a sea wall along 2.1km of coastline down Eastern Road in the city is planned to be constructed. A planning application has been submitted for this work.

Subject to approval, Mackley plans to begin work in this area in September 2020.

Portsmouth City environment and climate change cabinet member Dave Ashmore said: “The continuation of this work, coupled with the other coastal defence projects taking place are future proofing Portsmouth for coming generations.

“This investment and subsequent improvement in public realm and facilities will ensure Portsmouth is a great place to visit, live and work."

Upon completion, the scheme is expected to protect 1 in 500 year coastal flood event and will be connected with the defences built at Anchorage Park to the North and Milton Common to the South.

In 2015, the firm had worked Portsmouth City Council to complete the first phase of coastal defences at Anchorage Park.

Recently, Mackley along with Van Oord has completed £45m Shoreham Adur Tidal Walls Scheme, which has reduced the flood risk for 2,300 properties in the Shoreham area.

Image: Fourth phase of North Portsea Island Coastal Defence Scheme. Photo: courtesy of Portsmouth City Council.

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