2022 – 2023
On this page:
- Rock revetment replenishment at Holes Bay, Poole (coming soon)
- Groyne repairs at Solent Beach, Southbourne
- Gabion basket repairs at Double Dykes, near Hengistbury Head
- Convent Walk repairs at Riverside (Mill Stream), Christchurch
- Inner Harbour wall repairs at Mudeford Quay
- Groyne Marker reinstallations at Highcliffe, Friars Cliff and Mudeford Sandbank
Rock revetment replenishment at Holes Bay, Poole
In the Spring we will make repairs to the revetment that protects the shared cycle/footpath on the edge of Holes Bay. It is anticipated the works will take less than one week and access past the site will be maintained. New rocks will be added at key points to prevent this important route from being undermined by the tidal action of the sea water. Our photo shows how the sea has started to scour the edge of the footpath which would only continue to weaken over time if we did nothing.
To prevent any further destabilisation and avoid disturbing habitats that have formed below the low water mark, all works will take place on the upper section of the revetment. Poole Harbour is a designated Special Protection Area for overwintering birds and is also one of only three sites along the UK’s South Coast to have the rare sponge, Suberites massa, which is said to resemble the form, appearance and size of a human brain!
Project added 18th Jan 23. Last update: 24th Jan.
Groyne repairs at Solent Beach, Southbourne
Two groynes at Solent Beach were repaired 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. Works were carried out by Avon Construction Ltd.
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.
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
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
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.