Poundfield won a £2million order for decorative, reinforced concrete panels from County Durham based Hall Construction Services.
Produced by Poundfield’s bespoke products division, the order covered the manufacture of nearly 4,000 individual pieces to construct over 2 km of new sea defence wall at Hartlepool Headland. A project which was scheduled to take some 5 years to complete.
The contract, being carried out on behalf of Hartlepool Borough Council, was part of a £9M coastal erosion programme designed to protect and strengthen the existing 100 year old sea wall, including placement of rock armour along some 800 m of critical areas.
The 200 mm thick decorative panels were installed to heights of up to 6 m and were anchored into the existing wall prior to back-filling with concrete resulting in a new wall with a total new minimum thickness of approximately 450 mm.
It was Poundfield’s first use of GRP reinforcement in the panels in place of traditional steel. GRP re-bar offers many advantages over steel but, for this application, the key factor was its resistance to the corrosive effects of salt water. This should ensure the new wall meets its projected 200 year life expectancy.
A total of 1,075 concrete capping beams were also supplied by Poundfield, installed along the top, together with a safety handrail system.
Commenting on the order, Poundfield’s Tim Evans , Director of Bespoke said: “We were delighted to win this prestigious, long-term contract which will play a major role in our on-going expansion plans to meet an increasing demand, not only for our bespoke products, but also for our extensive range of standard retaining wall systems.”
Hall Construction’s senior project manager Phil Flett said:
“The design and installation; along with the quality of the precast concrete panels and associated precast concrete copings have impressed all visitors and have been instrumental in Hartlepool Council / Hall Construction being awarded the contract for North Tyneside Council as part of the Whitley Bay Sea Defence operations.”