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News Archive > General > Essential works to take place at historic harbour

Essential works to take place at historic harbour

By Warren Wilkins 24th October 2018

Essential works to take place at historic harbour
Photo: Beth Perry

MAJOR works are underway to repair a dilapidated section of Newquay Harbour to help secure the structure for future generations.

Cormac has started work carrying out vital repairs to the Grade II-listed pier head at North Quay after concerns were raised the structure could collapse into the sea.

The repair works follow Cornwall Council commissioning Hyder Consulting to carry out an inspection of the north pier in 2016.

They discovered the structure was in a poor condition, which includes several vertical cracks. The company recommended remedial works should be carried out immediately to repair sections of the steel sheet pile wall otherwise continued wave and tidal action on the structure may cause further damage leading to the collapse of the pier head.  

The work will involve cutting into the seabed and metal sheets or piles being driven in before concrete is poured in behind them to provide a new layer of protection to the failing area. Workmen are due to use a barge during stages of the repair works, which are anticipated to be complete by around the end of spring 2019.

A spokesman for Cormac said: “We have been appointed as contractor to carry out vital repairs to the Grade II-listed pier head at North Quay.

The harbour wall is showing signs of structural instability and prompt repairs are essential in order to avoid further deterioration.

“Work on the quay will be undertaken from the north pier and occasionally from a barge. This will include some initial cutting in to the sea bed using a rock-saw. Metal sheets or piles will then be driven firmly in to the trench and concrete poured behind them to provide a new layer of protection to the failing area, strengthening it for the future.

“This essential work can unfortunately be quite loud and disruptive and despite the sheltered nature of the harbour those nearby will experience some noise disturbance.

“However it will be carried during the daytime, in normal working hours and will secure this historic structure for future generations. In addition and in order to enable the continuous pouring of concrete, there will be periods when access to North Quay Hill is obstructed whilst large vehicles deliver the concrete which will then be pumped down to the harbour.   

“The scheme is anticipated to be complete by around the end of spring 2019, though adverse weather conditions may cause unavoidable delays. We will be working closely with the Harbour Master who retains control of the day to day running of the Harbour and all movements in or out and will be advising us throughout the program of work.

“We understand that this may cause some inconvenience to those living in the near-by vicinity and appreciate your patience and understanding. Our teams consistently strive to work efficiently and considerately and carry out the work to the highest standards, in a timely manner,” the spokesman concluded.

Geoff Brown Cornwall Councillor for Newquay Central said: "I am delighted that the council are now progressing with this essential scheme.

“We have been campaigning for this work since the weaknesses in the existing piles were discovered. Since the harbour transferred from Restormel BC to Cornwall Council in 2009, it has gained hugely from recent EU funding which saw a new build and investment of £1m to provide fishermen's stores, offices and enhanced landing facilities.

“Now we are to double the investment to secure the future of Newquay harbour for years to come."

By Warren Wilkins 24th October 2018

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