Updated 30 May 2022
Works are underway at Belgrave Road in Ventnor to deliver a major scheme to re-open Belgrave Road.
The road as been closed since early 2020 when, following a period of sustained and heavy rainfall, the walls that retain Belgrave Road failed (see our drone footage here). We have been working since to ensure the area is safe and carrying out detailed investigations to understand the reasons for the failure and design an engineering solution to strengthen the retaining walls and re-open the road.
Local company Stoneham Construction are undertaking the works that are expected to last just over a year, before completing in Autumn 2022.
The work will see the collapsed wall dismantled and the area behind it stabilised, before a new wall is built, and the road and footway reconstructed. In consultation with the local conservation officer, a natural stone finish will be used to replace the wall so that it is in keeping with others in the surrounding area. The new parapet wall will also be higher than existing to conform with the latest safety requirements for both pedestrians and vehicles (see before and after pictures below).
In the last month our contractors have stabilised the exposed slope from top to bottom with spray concrete and soil nails. We have applied over 130 soil nails to the site to date to help stabilise this area. Nail head plates have also been installed across the site. These will remain in situ and will eventually be covered by the masonry and cladding that will form the newly built wall. In the last month we have also completed the 25 metre section of parapet wall to the east of the site (see main photo on this page) and consequently we have been able to remove the security fencing at this location. Over the next month we will be focusing on the construction of the reinforced concrete wall in the middle terrace section. We will also be doing some preparatory work prior to installing more soil nails to the east of the site to help stabilise this section. You can see photos and read our latest newsletter about the work here.
During the work, construction traffic will be entering the site from Park Avenue and some temporary parking restrictions will be necessary at the narrowest part of Belgrave Road to ensure vehicles can safely move to and from the site.
Ground monitoring equipment will continue to be checked at regular intervals throughout the work with additional checks after any periods of poor weather, as they have been to date, and regular site inspections will also continue.
We would like to thank everyone again for their continued patience during this complex engineering project. We will continue to ensure both the local and wider community are kept up to date with the latest developments. We have also installed display boards on sight with information about the project for those passing by.
If in the meantime you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to email email@example.com or in an emergency please call Island Roads on 01983 822440.