Mackley returns to Portsea to deliver coastal defence scheme

Mackley has been awarded a contract to carry out the next phase of a scheme which will protect more than 4,500 homes and businesses on Portsea Island from the risk of coastal flooding.

The £58m North Portsea Island Coastal Defence Scheme, which is being delivered by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership on behalf of Portsmouth City Council, is being completed in five phases.

Mackley has been selected from a shortlist of four experienced contractors to carry out the fourth phase of the scheme – which has been split into two sections.

The first section will begin at the top of Eastern Road near Kendall’s Wharf, covering an area of approximately 300 metres. This will involve raising the road and constructing an earth embankment. 

Planning permission has been granted for this section – and is set to get underway in the coming weeks.

The second package of work involves the construction of a sea wall along 2.1km of coastline down Eastern Road. A planning application has been submitted for this work and is currently being consulted on through the Local Planning Authority via the Portsmouth City Council website. 

Should planning approval be granted, Mackley will begin work in this area in September 2020.

Cllr Dave Ashmore, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change at Portsmouth City Council, 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.”

Mackley returns to Portsea
Portsea Island is a small, low-lying island which contains a large proportion of the city of Portsmouth. It is the third largest (by population) of any island in the British Isles after the mainlands of Great Britain and Ireland, and has the highest population density.

Mackley previously worked on Portsea Island to deliver the first phase of coastal defences at Anchorage Park in 2015, which enhanced protection to the area and vastly improved public areas through effective landscaping.

The £6m Anchorage Park scheme involved the construction of 1.4km of coastal defences along the north of the island between Ports Creek Railway Bridge and Kendall’s Wharf. The works have reduced the risk of coastal flooding and erosion to the area over the next 100 years.

10 October 2019

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