Showing mesh covered rock at the inland section of one of the groynes

August 2022

Groyne repairs at Solent Beach, Southbourne

Our contractor, Avon Construction Ltd is repairing 2 groynes at Solent Beach to improve their stability. These groynes are made of rock armour, timber and mesh covered stone, similar to a gabion basket. They help maintain beach material volumes and protect the dunes behind.

The works are expected to take 6 days, working Monday-Friday. Access will be maintained for beach visitors.

Location, Solent Beach
Gabion repairs required at Double Dykes

June 2022

Gabion basket repairs at Double Dykes, near Hengistbury Head

Some 50 gabion baskets have been repaired following damage caused during Storm Eunice in February 2022. Works were carried out by our contractor, Avon Construction Ltd., and included re-packing the affected baskets with 40 tonnes of stone and securing them with a new mesh.

This work will help maintain the structural stability of the footpath above in the short-term while we consider options for more permanent coastal defences. 

March 2022

Convent Walk repairs at Riverside (Mill Stream), Christchurch

Nearby tree roots had caused damage to a 24 metre long section of pathway and riverside wall.

The works involved:

  • Working with a BCP arboriculturist to assist with root cutting and tree works
  • Recovering displaced stones from the Millstream, replacing missing stones and repointing
  • New tarmac on this section of pathway

March 2022

Inner harbour wall repairs at Mudeford Quay

Repairs to a section of the inner harbour wall (see map) where several coping stones had become dislodged and fallen into the harbourside.

The works were carried out between 14th – 31st March and involved:

  • Cleaning the wall and recovering coping stones from the water
  • Re-bedding the top course of copings
  • Rebuilding a 10 to 20m section of wall
  • Re-pointing along the length of wall (approx. 80m)
  • Recover and refit displaced rock armour adjacent to the footbridge

March 2022

Groyne Marker reinstallations at Highcliffe, Friars Cliff and Mudeford Sandbank

Our contractor, JT Mackley, re-installed several groyne markers (Aids to Navigation) in Christchurch Bay which were leaning or had failed following the recent storms.

(Highcliffe x 1, Friars Cliff x 1 and Mudeford Sandbank x 6)

Works were carried out 29th March – 1st April 2022.