Goodrington Sea Wall
This project involved the construction of a new 400 Cu.m reinforced concrete foundation, tied into the existing structure, and protected by a new sheet piled cut off wall.
Between November 2006 and March 2007 SWH Civils carried out repairs and enhancements to the sea wall at Goodrington. The existing 370m long wall was predominantly of masonry construction, supported on a shallow reinforced concrete foundation, protected by a sheet piled cut off wall. As a result of lengthy exposure to the elements, much of the foundation was failing, resulting in the wall beginning to move in places.
The works carried out by SWH Civils involved the construction of a new 400 Cu.m reinforced concrete foundation, tied into the existing structure, and protected by a new sheet piled cut off wall. The original design required sections of the existing wall be broken out however, following discussions on site at the beginning of the contract, the new RC foundation was redesigned to avoid breaking out the existing foundations (for fear that this may cause further damage to the existing wall).
The level of the new RC foundation varied along the length of beach, following the natural undulations of the foreshore. All of the new concrete foundations were below high water level and the works were constructed on a tidal basis, with SWH monitoring the tide times and levels to make the most efficient use of the lowest tides. The works were organised so that formworks and reinforcement were fixed, and concrete placed while the tide was going out, so that the fresh concrete had hardened sufficiently by the time it was covered by the incoming tide. Despite working during the worst months of the year, there was only one occasion when the new concrete foundation was damaged by the elements. This scheme was completed for Torbay Council.
During the course of works on site public access to the beach was maintained at all times, with appropriate demarcation fencing erected and removed on a daily basis.
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