Mackley Construction Ltd have been chosen to deliver the next phase of coastal defences which will protect more than 4000 homes and almost 500 businesses in North Portsea from the risk of coastal flooding.

Formed in West Sussex, the construction firm were selected from a shortlist of four expert contractors, all of whom carry extensive industry experience and produced very competitive bids. Mackley have worked with Portsmouth City Council prior to this bid, delivering the first phase of coastal defences at Anchorage Park in 2015 which added protection to the area and vastly improved public areas with effective landscaping.

The next set of defences, the fourth of five phases which make up the £58m North Portsea Island Coastal Defence Scheme, has been split into two sections. The first 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 with work set to begin at the end of September.

Councillor 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."

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.

sketch north of Sailing Club 960

Image: An artists impression of the defences near the Sailing Club which will be carried out in the second package of work.

Mackley recently completed the Shoreham Adur Tidal Walls Scheme, a £45 million project with Van Oord, which reduced the flood risk to more than 2300 properties in the Shoreham area. In 2017 they also completed a project in Portsmouth to build the headquarters for Britain's America's Cup challenge, Team Land Rover BAR.

More information on the North Portsea Island Coastal Defence Scheme, which is being delivered by the Eastern Solent coastal Partnership on behalf of Portsmouth City Council, can be found at https://www.escp.org.uk/news/eastern-road