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Portsmouth is Britain’s only island city and parts of it are below current high tide levels and will become increasingly at risk with sea-level rise. This is an opportunity to see the start of construction of major defences at Southsea.
The Southsea Coastal Scheme is the UK's largest local authority-led coastal defences project, worth more than £100M. It will stretch for 4.5km from Old Portsmouth to Eastney, and help to reduce the risk of flooding to more than 10,000 homes and 700 businesses.
The walk will involve a walkthrough of the first phase of the Southsea Coastal Scheme. Work here began in September 2020 with the construction of coastal defences beginning between Long Curtain Moat and Clarence Pier.
During this stage of construction, the Clarence Pier Carpark has been closed to enable works to go ahead.
This phase (Frontage 1) is due to be complete by late 2022, further details of the scheme are on the council’s website.
As the site visit is to live construction site, PPE will be required to go on the site, but it is also possible to view the works from nearby, so we may split the group into two sections.
After the site visit, we plan to walk about 4 miles to see the sites of future work at Southsea Common and Southsea Castle.
Covid-19 restrictions: we will abide by Government guidance in place at the time of this event or postpone the event to a new date if necessary. Arrangements will be clarified in advance for those people signed up to the event.
Meet at the Southsea Project Office, Pier Road, Portsmouth, Southsea, PO5 3AX (parking available) at 15:30 for a 16:00 start. The total length of walk is about 4 miles. The walk is expected to finish about 18:30pm. No specific arrangements have been made for refreshments afterwards, but there are a variety for pubs nearby.
This event has been organised by the ICE retired members group, but all grades of membership, guests and partners are welcome at this event. Attendance will count towards CPD. If you would like more information about the visit, please contact Tim Kermode ([email protected]). There is no charge for this event. Numbers will be limited to 20 people so please book through the ICE system
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