07 Jun 2021

Historic harbour walls to be restored

Work to maintain Newport's historic harbour walls is set to start later this month.

The near £400,000 regeneration is intended to restore the walls to their original condition using specialist techniques to retain their historic appearance.

Councillor Phil Jordan, Cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, said the repairs were essential to preserve the very fabric of the harbour.

He said: "The majority of the remedial works compromise re-pointing and the replacement of missing bricks/stones.

"Where possible, it is planned to re-use the original bricks/stones where they can be recovered from the river and are suitable for re-use.

"Where original materials are not suitable for re-use then matching reclaimed materials will be sourced."

The work has been planned and paid for by the Isle of Wight Council, but it will be carried out by local contractor, MCM Construction Ltd, based in Newport.

A survey was commissioned in March 2014 to ascertain the condition of the walls — sections of which are listed — and the level of works required to ensure they are safe and fit for purpose.

The report identified significant amounts of works that were required. The first phase of repairs will focus on the most vulnerable sections.

The works are due to start on 21 June and be completed by the end of September.

The project follows a major project to dredge Newport Harbour, removing thousands of tonnes of silt from the bed of the River Medina to safeguard its continued use as a recreational and commercial waterway.

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The regeneration is intended to restore the walls to their original condition
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  • The work has been planned and paid for by the Isle of Wight Council, but it will be carried out by local contractor, MCM Construction Ltd, based in Newport.
  • The works are due to start on 21 June and be completed by the end of September.
 
Isle of Wight, UK