The master plan was aimed at revitalising the coastal stretch between St Mary’s Lighthouse and Cullercoats Bay. The wall panels were ordered by Hall Construction Services Limited, the company commissioned to re-build the promenade, making it both better and able to cope with the depredations of the North Sea and more attractive for residents and visitors alike.
A key requirement of the contract – the installation of the first two walls – had to be completed by the onset of last winter, to allow all works to be off the beach level.
In spite of the challenges of producing a myriad of one-off moulds, including a number of special coping units running up alongside the stairs, this tough task was achieved with a couple of days to spare.
Tim Evans, Poundfield’s director of bespoke, explained: “After so much careful planning, manufacturing, delivery and installation and working very closely with Hall Construction on-site, it is thrilling to see the sea defence walls – and indeed the whole development – looking spick and span.
“Everyone at Poundfield Precast who worked on this project feels an immense sense of pride and satisfaction in being part of a scheme that both protects this beautiful coastline and looks so attractive in its own right.”
Stephen Bromley, business development manager at Hall Construction Services, added: “The project has been very challenging at times for the project team. However, through working together with North Tyneside Council and its delivery partner Hartlepool Borough Council the team and members of the public will soon be able to see a new open area for events and fairs in the future.”
Tim Evans summed up the bespoke team’s challenges and achievements. He said: “Poundfield is all about quality: quality of products, quality of delivery and quality of customer service. And once again here at Whitley Bay, we’ve proven that this trinity of qualities has resulted in an enduring contribution to a magnificent project.”
The work at Central Lower Promenade began in March 2017 and has seen the existing sea wall strengthened to protect nearby homes and businesses and will include a number of enhancements to the public realm. Finishing touches are now being made and the area is set to reopen in the coming weeks ahead of an official opening event planned for the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May.