We are carrying out vital repairs to the grade II-listed pier head at North Quay.
The harbour wall is showing signs of structural instability and prompt repairs are essential in order to avoid further deterioration.
Work on the quay will be undertaken from the north pier and occasionally from a barge. This will include some initial cutting in to the sea bed using a rock-saw.
Metal sheets (or piles) will then be driven firmly in to the trench and concrete poured behind them to provide a new layer of protection to the failing area, strengthening it for the future.
This essential work can be quite loud and disruptive. Despite the sheltered nature of the harbour those nearby will experience some noise disturbance. Work will be carried during the daytime, in normal working hours.
There will be periods when access to North Quay Hill is obstructed while large vehicles deliver the concrete which will then be pumped down to the harbour.
The scheme is anticipated to be complete by around the end of spring 2019, though adverse weather conditions can impact on timescales.
We will be working closely with the harbour master who retains control of the day-to-day running of the harbour and all movements in or out and he will be advising throughout our program of work.
We understand that this may cause some inconvenience to those living in the near-by vicinity and appreciate your patience and understanding.
Latest update - 15 January 2019
The next phase of the repairs on the north pier head is about to begin.
Steel piles have now been driven deep in to the sea bed surrounding the pier itself. Next, concrete will be poured between the piles and the pier, reinforcing the structure and securing it for the future.
In order for the concrete to cure correctly and achieve the desired strength and durability, it must be continuously poured. The first phase of this will take place on Thursday 17 January, continuing every other day up to and including Friday 25 January.
Tankers will arrive from 7.30am each day, every forty minutes. Unfortunately due to their size and the constancy with which they must arrive, it is likely that they will obstruct vehicle access to the north quay. There will be up to twelve deliveries each day, with a small window between each when other vehicle movements can take place. Further concrete pouring will take place during February.
We understand that this will cause inconvenience to those living near-by. Every effort will be made to keep this to a minimum, but please do allow extra time on your journey. Our team will do their best to accommodate your requirements where possible.
Your patience and understanding is very much appreciated, thank you.
If you have any queries or concerns, or would like to speak to someone about this, please call 0300 1234 222 or email us at email@example.com