Flats plan sea wall survey

PUBLISHED: 12:53 03 July 2013 | UPDATED: 12:53 03 July 2013

Jared Barber was one of two commercial divers that checked the underwater structure of the Pierhead this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 2739-27-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders.

Jared Barber was one of two commercial divers that checked the underwater structure of the Pierhead this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 2739-27-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders.

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Divers on Monday examined Exmouth's ageing seawall to assess what work was needed before building work on a new Marina five storey block of flats can begin.

Permission was granted to Eagle One Homes for the Pierhead development in February.

Eagle One, developers of the Marina, commissioned divers from Teignmouth Maritime Services to assess the steel-reinforced sea wall.

The sea wall consists of a steel sheet piled wall which over the years has rusted.

Eagle One has already identified that some remedial works will be needed to the sea wall, but this survey will allow a works and scheduled maintenance programme to be put together to ensure it remains in good condition.

Divers assessed the state of the steel, and identified the works needed and how long the piles will last.

Chris Fayers, director, Eagle One Homes said: “This is the first stage in the work to create a great new development at Pierhead.

“We are assessing what work will need to be done to make sure that the sea wall is in good condition and will continue to protect the marina for future generations.”

The works to the sea wall will also improve the facilities for Stuart Line Cruises, which operate from the Pierhead and the apartments will create a great first view of Exmouth for tourists arriving on the ferry.

The development will include 14 one, two and three-bedroom apartments as well as three commercial units which will be available to local businesses to rent or buy. The apartments will be similar in style to the Spinnakers development further along the quay.

Pierhead is the last phase of the regeneration of Exmouth Quay.

The work to strengthen the sea wall at Pierhead is separate from repairs that East Devon District Council will be carrying out on the Mamhead Slipway.

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