Sector: Infrastructure

Marine Walk

  • Location: Sunderland
  • Client: City of Sunderland Council
  • Duration: 20 weeks
  • Consultants: City of Sunderland

A Coastal Communities grant was awarded to the Council to progress public realm improvements to the sea front area in Seaburn and Roker.

Clugston were appointed by City of Sunderland to deliver the second phase of the redevelopment of Marine Walk following a competitive tender process.

Working closely with the project team from The City of Sunderland Council, Clugston undertook extensive remodelling works to existing public realm areas in Seaburn and Roker which included the removal of existing finishes, earthworks, landscaping and creation of new walkways and paving features.

The work also involved highway works including new kerbing, traffic calming and surfacing all carried out in accordance with NRSWA requirements and the redevelopment of a children’s play park including high quality play equipment. Other high quality finishes included Chinese granite and porphyry paving sets, the formation of new terracing which incorporated local “cannonball” limestone and glacial boulders along with architecturally attractive granite amenity seating and planters. Also installed was a bespoke acid dipped metalwork railing feature running along the top of a new precast concrete retaining wall that was faced in both cannonball limestone and local whinstone blocks.

Associated kerbing, drainage and gulley connections were also undertaken, landscape works including stone, pebble, gravel and grassed areas with some extensive macadam surfacing. New street lighting and realignment of street lighting cables.

Very extensive underground services including numerous unidentified cables and pipes had to be dealt with on this project including diverting a major gas main. This was carried out in conjunction with the City of Sunderland and the nominated statutory body for gas services, Transco plc. To overcome the issues with underground services we undertook a fully detailed sub surface scan of each work area using our own Survey Services Business which also assisted the Client in having fully up to date records on completion of the works.

The site was subject to very careful traffic and pedestrian management due to the high footfall which was also considered throughout the programme period (especially during the Summer period), in particular leading up to the Sunderland International Air show, which was attended by over 200,000 people.

The scheme had to be delivered in a phased manner due to restrictions being in place for the Air show which required very close liaison with the Air show organising team to ensure that no disruption to the placement of trade concessions and the like were affected in the weeks prior to the event.

Frequent visits were made by the team to local neighbours and businesses as well as Clugston working with the Local Business Forum to ensure effective communication was maintained through a no surprises approach to the scheme.
The sea defence works were put to the test within a week of completion during December 2013, when the original 1800’s sea wall was damaged by storms, however newly completed works carried out.

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