Storm delays mean Saturday works for harbour improvements

Storm delays mean Saturday works for harbour improvements

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 12:01am 9th November 2019.

Storm delays and difficult ground conditions means the contractor will work on Saturdays, starting today, to keep the project on track.

Nearby residents on Customs Quay have already been informed about the Saturday working, which will take place between 8am and 2pm.

Peter Christie, Dorset Council project engineer, said: 

"The project team are working hard to keep things on track. This work is vital to maintain our harbour walls. Saturday working is within the contract, but only used when absolutely necessary. In this case, the contractor is keen to not prolong the piling period and to complete the project before Christmas.

"I'd like to thank residents and businesses for bearing with us and apologise for any inconvenience."

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What does the work involve?

The work has been planned and paid for by Dorset Council and is being carried out by a contractor, Knights Brown.

The work involves replacing 76 metres of quay wall. Engineers are driving a new line of sheet steel piles, which are like an interlocking steel barrier, into the ground in front of the existing harbour wall.

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'Noise pollution'

The piles are now being driven into the ground. The hammering in, which often causes the most noise, will only be done for short periods of the day, but the duration is dependent on the ground conditions. The gap between the new and old piles will then be filled with concrete. The new structure will be capped with concrete and the quayside restored with equipment for mooring vessels.

Around £1.9 million has been allocated to maintain this section and another section of harbour wall near Nelson's Wharf, which is also in need of repair.