Updated September 2022

Works update

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).

four photos showing the before (actual) and after (artist's impression) of Belgrave Road Ventnor once repaired.

We hope you have been able to notice the visible progress that we have made over the summer months in Ventnor. We have been continuing our work on the reinforced concrete walls and these are now close to being finished. You will see that the wall itself is now visible from the road level at Belgrave Road . We have also started the stone masonry cladding on the lower sections of the reinforced concrete wall.  Work to strengthen the walls next to the cabins started in August and these are due to be finished this month. Southern Water have also confirmed that they will be reinstating their underground water main in mid-October. This will replace the temporary overland main that had been put in place as a precautionary measure following the wall’s collapse..  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 info@islandroads.com or in an emergency please call Island Roads on 01983 822440.

Other information:

Latest newsletter

Latest press release

Frequently asked questions and answers

Technical drawing showing stabilisation work

Watch drone footage showing the extent of the challenge at Belgrave Road

You can also read here about how our work is gaining industry recognition.