£1.2M repairs to Weymouth Harbour Walls now finished

£1.2M repairs to Weymouth Harbour Walls now finished

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:28am 5th June 2020.

£1.2 million repair work to Weymouth's Harbour Wall has now finished, despite stalling due to COVID-19.

The Dorset Council scheme to strengthen the structure could give the wall an extra 50 years of serviceable life.

The work included vibrating and hammering in 76 meters of sheet piles over 8 weeks.

A handrail has also been added.

Other changes include:

  • Demolition of a red brick kiosk
  • Widening of the landing stage
  • Replacing former steps determined to be unsafe
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Councillor Ray Bryan, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said:

"This is one of the first stages for the Weymouth Quay Regeneration Project. The aim is to rejuvenate this currently underused area. 

"The location means that we are working in close proximity to people's homes and businesses, and as such are keen to work closely with them to reduce the inconvenience as much as possible."

Weymouth harbour entrance

The project began in 2016 with the council and consultants Ramboll UK engineering the design to reduce the forecasted cost from £3m to £1.2m. 

Although the work has been disruptive, the project has been complimented by some of those closest to the works. 

Steve Hoskins of A2A Consulting, representing the leaseholder business group said:

"The new wall sections and railings look great and the removal of the old kiosk has enhanced the area.

"As expected, there was quite an impact on some nearby businesses and homes during the works but the contractors have done a good job, sometimes in difficult weather.

"The Dorset Council Engineering Projects team and their agents, Symonds & Sampson have communicated well leading up to and during the project and they responded quickly to issues as we raised them."