Holyhead Breakwater to undergo refurbishment due to erosion of foundations

A consultation has been launched over plans to refurbish Holyhead Breakwater amid concerns it could fail within the next 15 years.

Investigations of the structure have identified a need for a large scale refurbishment of the Breakwater to ensure that it can continue to receive about 70 per cent of all vehicle movement between Ireland and Wales and the North West.

The work, proposed by Royal HaskoningDHV on behalf of Stena Line, would see the construction of two layers of concrete armour units, weighing 43.5 tonnes each, placed along the breakwater over a width of approximately 40 metres.

Stena Line Ports is asking for the public’s views on the proposed refurbishment as part of its pre-application consultation from June 7 to July 4.

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River Freight Partnership to Reduce Transport CO2 by 75%

CEMEX has agreed a new five-year partnership with Walsh , a leading provider of river, road and rail freight solutions in London.

The contract will see Walsh running barges on the River Thames to transport aggregates from CEMEX’s wharf at Dagenham to its readymix plant at Fulham with a 75% CO2 saving compared to road transport.

This contract will transport CEMEX materials on the Thames with one barge service completed every day. The use of a river barge to transport these materials takes trucks off the road, helping to ease congestion and reduce emissions; each loaded barge carries 400 tonnes which saves the equivalent of 20 HGV lorries travelling across the centre of London.

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Engineers begin restoring UK’s oldest lido to former glory

The restoration of the UK’s oldest lido in Bath poses “significant engineering” challenges with the site only accessible by river.

Bristol-based construction firm Beard has begun work on the £6.2M Cleveland Pools project following a 17 year community campaign to save the Grade II-listed site.

Machinery, building materials and equipment required to carry out the major refurbishment work will be carried up-river on a pontoon pushed by a barge fitted out for the purpose.

The materials will be loaded up at the nearby Avon Rugby Club, which is being used as a base.

Built in 1815, Cleveland Pools is the oldest surviving outdoor public swimming pool in the UK.

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