Construction of the replacement 40 metre section of the failing West Works at Littlehampton Harbour Entrance has been completed within budget. Despite the best attempts of Storm Ciaran and Debi to disrupt the original 12 week programme, the site was returned to the Littlehampton Harbour Board just 5 days behind schedule.
This completes Phase 1 of the renewal scheme, which started in the spring of 2023 with the reconstruction of the Western most groyne on West Beach and progressed in September to the replacement section of the West Works.
The replacement section of wall has been designed by Royal Haskoning DHV with a life expectancy in excess of 50 years. Its construction included some 200 tons of concrete, 150 tons of steel and relied on extraordinary levels of skill and determination from the contractors Teignmouth Maritime Services.
Littlehampton Harbour Board’s recently appointed Chief Executive Office, Colin Monk, said; “The completion of this first phase of the project confirms the Harbour Board’s capability to effectively deliver value for money major capital infrastructure programmes, in trying weather conditions, to protect the harbour and its users. We will now turn our energies towards delivering the other, more complex phases of the programme; key to securing both the Harbour’s long-term viability and its capacity to serve the local community for generations to come.”