Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme (Phase 2) information page

Closes 23 Mar 2024

Opened 23 Mar 2023

Overview

Welcome to the Information Page for phase 2 of the Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme.

We have created this page to provide easy access to information on this project. The Environment Agency will be updating this site regularly, so please keep checking for what’s new.

If you would like to speak to our Public Liaison Officer, Madeleine Spellman about the project, please ring 07721 248275 or email ArundelTidalWalls@environment-agency.gov.uk

Our latest newsletter and frequently asked questions are available to read or download by clicking on the following links:

Latest Arundel Newsletter 

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme- Phase 2- FAQs. 

To be added to our mailing list for newsletter and project updates, please let us know by emailing ArundelTidalWalls@environment-agency.gov.uk

Latest Update

19 February to 1 March

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme (Phase 2) schedule for the weeks commencing 19 February and 26 February 2024. Please expect a continued construction presence, including workers and deliveries of materials and equipment.

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme construction work

On Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 February work will commence at Memorial Gardens to prepare the new sheet pile wall for the installation of the waling beam. This work will require the temporary closure of the road where Arun Street and River Road meet to allow for materials to be transported and a vacuum excavator to be used. Further works, without the vacuum excavator, between the old wall and the new sheet pile wall will continue into the week commencing 26 February.

Temporary road closures will be in place on River Road towards the end of the week commencing 19 February and the beginning of the week commencing 26 February for plant and materials to be delivered to the River Road site. During this time, the bollards at River Road will be down to maintain access to homes in the area.

Please be aware that due to the extension of the overall timeline, we now expect work to continue into the summer and we will share more information on extending timescales in future communications.

Updates and closures: River Road, Tarrant Wharf, Memorial Gardens, Arun River and Mill Road

Memorial Gardens is closed whilst works continue. Construction continues along Arun River which will require the use of floodlights on the barge. More information on the current closure to all craft along the Arun River channel at Arundel, between the A27 Bridge and Queen Street Bridge can be found here

Contact details

If you have any questions about the programme or any other aspects of the work, please use the contact details below.

E-Mail: ArundelTidalWalls@environment-agency.gov.uk

Telephone: Public Liaison Officer - 07721 248275 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday)

Or write to: Michael Carleysmith, Environment Agency, Guildbourne House, Chatsworth Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1LD.

5 February to 16 February

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme – 29 January – 9 February 2024

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme (Phase 2) schedule for the weeks commencing 5 February and 12 February 2024. Please expect a continued construction presence, including workers and deliveries of materials and equipment.

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme construction work

Over the next few weeks, construction activities will remain reduced as work continues to progress offsite to optimise the remaining construction programme to ensure it is as efficient as possible.  It is important to note that this temporary pause is intentional and does not indicate project closedown. As soon as these details have been finalised we will share the programme on our website.

Please be aware that due to the extension of the overall timeline, we now expect work to continue into the summer.

Updates and closures: River Road, Tarrant Wharf, Memorial Gardens, Arun River and Mill Road

Memorial Gardens is closed whilst works continue. Construction continues along Arun River which will require the use of floodlights on the barge. More information on the current closure to all craft along the Arun River channel at Arundel, between the A27 Bridge and Queen Street Bridge can be found here

Contact details

If you have any questions about the programme or any other aspects of the work, please use the contact details below.

E-Mail: ArundelTidalWalls@environment-agency.gov.uk

Telephone: Public Liaison Officer - 07721 248275 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday)

Or write to: Michael Carleysmith, Environment Agency, Guildbourne House, Chatsworth Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1LD.

29 January to 9 February

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme – 29 January – 9 February 2024  

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme (Phase 2) schedule for the weeks commencing 29 January and 5 February 2024. Please expect a continued construction presence, this will be reduced compared to previous weeks due to the nature of current activities.  

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme construction work 

Over the next two weeks, work will continue on the compound to ensure a smooth transition between project stages. During this period, construction activities on site will be reduced. It is important to note that this temporary pause is intentional and does not indicate project completion.  

Going forward, work will continue offsite to optimise the design of the new sheet pile wall to ensure the construction programme is as efficient as possible once work recommences. This follows the opportunities identified after the partial collapse of the original wall. Once the new full programme has been finalised, we will share the details.  

Updates and closures: River Road, Tarrant Wharf, Memorial Gardens, Arun River and Mill Road 

Memorial Gardens is closed whilst works continue. Construction continues along Arun River which will require the use of floodlights on the barge. More information on the current closure to all craft along the Arun River channel at Arundel, between the A27 Bridge and Queen Street Bridge can be found here.   

Contact details 

If you have any questions about the programme or any other aspects of the work, please use the contact details below. 

E-Mail: ArundelTidalWalls@environment-agency.gov.uk 

Telephone: Public Liaison Officer - 07721 248275 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday) 

Or write to: Michael Carleysmith, Environment Agency, Guildbourne House, Chatsworth Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1LD. 

22 January to 2 February

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme – 22 January - 29 January 2024  

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme (Phase 2) schedule for the weeks commencing 22 January and 29 January 2024. Please expect a continued construction presence, including workers and deliveries of materials and equipment. 

Programme timeline update 

The programme timeline has recently been extended due to several factors, these include clearing out the wall collapse, high river flows impacting low-level work and adjustments in the waling beam design.  

The full programme is still being finalised and we will share the details when available.  

Why are we doing the redesign? 

Following the October 2023 collapse, we have an opportunity to re-engineer the design of the new sheet pile wall. The new design will be visually consistent with the Phase 1 works and more efficient to install.  

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme construction work 

Work will continue to remove rubble behind the new sheet pile wall during the week commencing 22 January.  

Throughout the weeks of 22 January and 29 January, operations will take place on the compound to facilitate a smooth transition between project stages. This involves the reorganisation of the jack-up barge and finalisation of designs for the upcoming stages.  

Updates and closures: River Road, Tarrant Wharf, Memorial Gardens, Arun River and Mill Road 

Memorial Gardens is closed whilst works continues until April 2024. Construction continues along the Arun River which will require the use of floodlights on the barge. More information on the current closure to all craft along the Arun River channel at Arundel, between the A27 Bridge and Queen Street Bridge can be found here.   

Contact details 

If you have any questions about the programme or any other aspects of the work, please use the contact details below. 

E-Mail: ArundelTidalWalls@environment-agency.gov.uk

Telephone: Public Liaison Officer - 07721 248275 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday)

Or write to: Michael Carleysmith, Environment Agency, Guildbourne House, Chatsworth Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1LD.

8 January to 19 January

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme (Phase 2) schedule for the weeks commencing 08 January and 15 January 2024. Please expect a continued construction presence, including workers and deliveries of materials and equipment.

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme Construction Work

Over the weeks commencing 08 January and 15 January, work will continue to clear excess rubble broken down as part of the wall failure and complete outfall works between the Memorial Gardens wall section and the new pile wall. To facilitate the work, the Jack-up barge will be repositioned along the river during the weeks commencing 08 and 15 January.

During the week commencing 15 January, the installation of a hanging access platform along the sheet piles will commence. This platform is crucial for enabling workers to carry out the subsequent phases of the project.

Updates and Closures: River Road, Tarrant Wharf, Memorial Gardens, Arun River and Mill Road

Memorial Gardens is closed whilst works continues until April 2024. Construction continues along Arun River which will require the use of floodlights on the barge. More information on the current closure to all craft along the Arun River channel at Arundel, between the A27 Bridge and Queen Street Bridge can be found here

Contact details

If you have any questions about the programme or any other aspects of the work, please use the contact details below.

E-Mail: ArundelTidalWalls@environment-agency.gov.uk

Telephone: Public Liaison Officer - 07721 248275 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday)

Or write to: Michael Carleysmith, Environment Agency, Guildbourne House, Chatsworth Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1LD.

18 December to 1 January

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme (Phase 2) schedule for the weeks commencing 18 December and 25 December. Please expect a reduced construction presence, including workers and deliveries of materials and equipment.

Festive Break

Between 22 December and 2 January there will be a temporary pause in construction activities for the festive break. During this period, both the Environment Agency and contractors will actively monitor the site.

The Environment Agency has established a procedure for monitoring rainfall and tide levels. Contractor teams will remain on standby throughout the break, conducting regular checks on machinery and barges.

If you need to contact us during this period, please use the Environment Agency Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme Construction Work

During the week commencing 18 December, work will continue to complete the lower level of backfill at the end of memorial gardens. Alongside this, work will continue breaking down the debris of the collapsed wall into smaller chunks to be reused as backfill.

It is anticipated that the first level of backfill and low level outfall will be completed by the time the site temporarily closes for the break.

There will be no work on-site during the week commencing 25 December.

Updates and Closures: River Road, Tarrant Wharf, Memorial Gardens, Arun River and Mill Road

Memorial Gardens is closed whilst works continues until April 2024. Construction continues along Arun River which will require the use of floodlights on the barge. More information on the current closure to all craft along the Arun River channel at Arundel, between the A27 Bridge and Queen Street Bridge can be found here

                    

11 December to 22 December

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme (Phase 2) schedule for the weeks commencing 11 December and 18 December. Please expect a continued construction presence, including workers and deliveries of materials and equipment.

Festive Break

Between 22 December and 2 January there will be a temporary pause in construction activities for the festive break. During this period, both the Environment Agency and contractors will actively monitor the site.

The Environment Agency has established a procedure for monitoring rainfall and tide levels. Contractor teams will remain on standby throughout the break, conducting regular checks on machinery and barges.

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme Construction Work

Over the weeks commencing 11 December and 18 December, work will continue to backfill behind the sheet piles. Alongside the backfill, work will begin fragmenting sections of the collapsed wall behind the sheet piles. This process involves breaking down the debris of the wall into smaller chunks, which will subsequently be repurposed as backfill to stabilise the wall.

It is anticipated that the first level of backfill and low level outfall will be completed by the time the site temporarily closes for the break.

On the 11 and 12 December, work is anticipated to finish by 10pm and includes assembling pipework, removing concrete through chipping, and securing bolts in place.                 

Updates and Closures: River Road, Tarrant Wharf, Memorial Gardens, Arun River and Mill Road

Memorial Gardens is closed whilst works continues until April 2024. Construction continues along Arun River which will require the use of floodlights on the barge. More information on the current closure to all craft along the Arun River channel at Arundel, between the A27 Bridge and Queen Street Bridge can be found here

4 December to 11 December

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme (Phase 2) schedule for the weeks commencing 4 December and 11 December. Please expect a continued construction presence, including workers and deliveries of materials and equipment.

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme Construction Work

Over the week commencing 4 December, ongoing activities will involve backfilling behind the sheet piles, completing the grout stock and clearing rubble situated behind the sheet pile. On the evenings of 4 December and 5 December the jack-up barge will be moving along the river during high tide.

On the 11 and 12 December, work is anticipated to finish by 10pm and includes assembling pipework, removing concrete through chipping, and securing bolts in place.                 

Updates and Closures: River Road, Tarrant Wharf, Memorial Gardens, Mill Road and the River Arun

Memorial Gardens is closed whilst works continues until April 2024.

Construction continues along the Arun River which will require the use of floodlights on the barge. The current closure information  for all craft along the Arun River channel at Arundel, between the A27 Bridge and Queen Street Bridge can be found here

A construction lorry will be present on Tarrant Wharf during the 6 December. The road will not be blocked off during this time. There will still be vehicular access around the lorry, throughout the day.

Ongoing work will continue within the Mill Road site compound throughout the week starting 4 December including remedial works such as pot hole filling and surfacing.

 

20 November to 1 December

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme (Phase 2) schedule for the weeks commencing 20 November and 27 November. Please expect a continued construction presence, including workers and deliveries of materials and equipment.

Drop-In Event

Our next drop-in event is scheduled for 4 December in Arundel Museum. The event will take place between 12pm-2:30pm. If you have questions or simply want to chat, please drop by. Our team members will be there to provide answers and assistance for any queries you may have. We look forward to meeting you!

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme Construction Work

Piling recommenced on Wednesday 15 November with all piles successfully placed into position on Friday 17 November. During the week commencing 20 November, the jackup barge will be relocated in order to backdrive piles 21-19, marking the final phase of sheet pile installation.

Over the week commencing 20 November, the team will be installing a pipe connection between the river wall and sheet pile. Work will then commence on backfilling the area behind the sheet piles.

During the week commencing the 27 November,  work will begin to breakout the collapsed wall section behind the piles. Ongoing discussions are in progress to determine the most efficient way to complete this.

Memorial Gardens

Memorial Gardens is now closed whilst we carry out the works along the wall. The gardens are expected to be closed until April 2024.

Arun River  

Due to the reduced daylight hours over the next few months, it will be necessary to use mini floodlights on the barge as construction work finishes and the barge moves along the river during the evening to safeguard the well-being of all workers on site.

More information on the current closure to all craft along the Arun River channel at Arundel, between the A27 Bridge and Queen Street Bridge can be found here

River Road and Tarrant Wharf

During the week commencing 20 November 2023 there will temporary road closures in place along River Road as the sheet pile and equipment for piling is transported to the river. The project team will continue to improve the information provided information to residents regarding access and when deliveries will take place.

Mill Road

Ongoing work will continue within the Mill Road site compound throughout the week starting 20 November.

13 November to 24 November 2023

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme (Phase 2) schedule for the weeks commencing 13 November and 20 November.

Please expect a continued construction presence, including workers and deliveries of materials and equipment.

Drop-In Event

Our next drop-in event is scheduled for 4 December in Arundel Museum. The event will take place between 12pm-2:30pm. If you have questions or simply want to chat, please drop by. Our team members will be there to provide answers and assistance for any queries you may have. We look forward to meeting you!

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme Construction Work

Following the removal of the scour protection placed at the frontage of Tarrant Wharf at the end of last week, the site team began to clear the debris from the pile line. After a successful weekend of work, significant progress was made to clear the rubble. It is now anticipated that piling will recommence on Wednesday 15 November. Depending on conditions such as tide, weather and piling impacts, we expect the piling to take up to a week to complete. Piling can occur between the hours of 08:00 – 18:00 from Monday to Friday. During piling, there will be a minimum of 90 minutes break time each day. It has been agreed with the Environmental Health Officer that work can occur on Saturday 18 November and Sunday 19 November if needed. Following the completion of the piling, the backfilling behind the sheet piles is scheduled to begin during the week commencing November 20.

Memorial Gardens

Memorial Gardens are now closed whilst we carry out the works along the wall. The gardens are expected to be closed until April 2024.

Arun River 

Due to the reduced daylight hours over the next few months, it will be necessary to use mini floodlights on the barge as construction work finishes and the barge moves along the river during the evening to safeguard the well-being of all workers on site. More information on the current closure to all craft along the Arun River channel at Arundel, between the A27 Bridge and Queen Street Bridge can be found here.

River Road and Tarrant Wharf

During the week commencing 13 November 2023 there will temporary road closures in place along River Road as the sheet pile and equipment for piling is transported to the river. The project team will continue to improve the information provided information to residents regarding access and when deliveries will take place.

Mill Road

Ongoing work will continue within the Mill Road site compound throughout the week starting 13 November.

7 November to 17 November 2023

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme (Phase 2) schedule for the weeks commencing 7 November and 13 November. Please expect a continued construction presence, including workers and deliveries of materials and equipment.

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme Construction Work

Following the partial collapse of the original flood wall on 27 October 2023, rock-filled bags were placed at the frontage of Tarrant Wharf as scour protection. Detailed scans of the debris were completed both above and below water level to map the rubble at the base of the wall.

On 6 November 2023, the site team were able to successfully clear a section of railing under the barge allowing them to take advantage of the evening’s high tide and relocate the barge further upriver. This will allow the removal of the current scour protection to take place during the end of the week commencing 6 November. Once this is completed, work will begin to clear the debris from the pile line.

Sheet piling is expected to recommence week commencing 13 November 2023. If all goes to plan, the final piling phase is estimated to take approximately two weeks to complete.

Memorial Gardens

Memorial Gardens is now closed whilst we carry out the works along the wall. The gardens are expected to be closed until April 2024.

Arun River  

Due to the reduced daylight hours over the next few months, it will be necessary to use mini floodlights on the barge as construction work finishes and the barge moves along the river during the evening. This measure is essential to safeguard the well-being of all workers on site. This has been agreed with Arun District Council to ensure industry best practices and align with guidance provided by The Institute of Lighting Professionals.

More information on the current closure to all craft along the Arun River channel at Arundel, between the A27 Bridge and Queen Street Bridge can be found here

River Road and Tarrant Wharf

During the week commencing 6 November 2023 there may be temporary road closures in place along River Road for deliveries. The project team will continue to improve the informaition provided to residents regarding when deliveries will take place.

Mill Road

Ongoing work will continue within the Mill Road site compound throughout the week starting 6 November.

Drop-In Event

Our next drop-in event is scheduled for 4 December in Arundel Museum. More details are to follow.

30 October to 3 November 2023

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme (Phase 2) schedule for the weeks commencing 30 October. Please expect a continued construction presence, including workers and deliveries of materials and equipment.

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme Construction Work

We have now completed approximately two-thirds of the total length of piling. On the afternoon of 27 October, the last exposed 5m section of the original flood wall collapsed into the river. This was adjacent to residential property at Tarrant Wharf. The project team quickly enacted the emergency plan for such an event and provided stabilisation to the frontage of Tarrant Wharf, with rock filled mesh bags. The bags were placed at the exposed area of the collapsed section by a crane based on the barge in the river. The specialist monitoring equipment installed at the properties inform us that no movement has been detected from this collapse.  We are carrying out surveys to establish what is required to continue with the piling and any additional works required due to the collapse. The wall collapsing should not result in flooding to the properties.

Once we have a timetable for how the works will proceed, we will provide further information. It is anticipated that the remaining piling will last another two to three weeks but will depend on surveys from the collapsed wall.

River Road and Tarrant Wharf

During the week commencing 30 October, there will be temporary road closures in place along River Road for deliveries.

The project team are also working to improve the information provided to residents regarding when deliveries will take place and how it might affect them and any access constraints. We appreciate the works can be disruptive and wish to work with the local community to minimise any inconvenience where this is practical.

We are monitoring the surface water flooding in the areas where temporary metal road protection has been laid, and reviewing if there are any further actions that could help mitigate this.

Memorial Gardens

Memorial Gardens is closed whilst we carry out the works along the wall. The gardens are expected to remain closed until April 2024.

Arun River

More information on the current closure to all craft along the Arun River channel at Arundel, between the A27 Bridge and Queen Street Bridge can be found here

Mill Road

Ongoing work will continue within the Mill Road site compound throughout the week starting 30 October.

Drop-In Event

Our next drop-in event is scheduled for 4 December in Arundel Museum. More details are to follow.

16 October to 3 November 2023

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme (Phase 2) schedule for the weeks commencing 23 October and 30 October. Please expect a continued construction presence, including workers and deliveries of materials and equipment.

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme Construction Work

We have now completed approximately two-thirds of the total length of piling. Last week we observed some ground level settlement in Memorial Gardens which required some investigation. No further settlement has occurred and mitigation measures are in place. Piling will recommence on 25 October. It is anticipated that piling will last another two to three weeks.

During the week commencing 23 October, work will begin in backfilling the area between the sheet piles and the existing wall.

Memorial Gardens

It is now anticipated that scaffolding is expected to be installed in Memorial Gardens on 26 October. Please note that a small number of parking spaces along Arun Street will be temporarily unavailable during the delivery and setup of the scaffolding. This arrangement has been approved in coordination with the West Sussex County Council.

Memorial Gardens is now closed whilst we carry out the works along the wall. The gardens are expected to be closed until April 2024.

Arun River

The jack-up barge is currently in its fifth position along the pile line. It is anticipated that the barge will be moved to the sixth position during the week commencing 30 October.

More information on the current closure to all craft along the Arun River channel at Arundel, between the A27 Bridge and Queen Street Bridge can be found here

River Road and Tarrant Wharf

During the week commencing 23 October and 30 October, there will be temporary road closures in place along River Road for deliveries. Three deliveries are expected during the week commencing 23 October.

Mill Road

Ongoing work will continue within the Mill Road site compound throughout the week starting 23 October.

Drop-In Event

Our next drop-in event is scheduled for 4 December in Arundel Museum. More details are to follow.

9 October to 20 October 2023

 

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme (Phase 2) schedule for the weeks commencing 9 October and 16 October. Please expect an increased construction presence, including workers and deliveries of materials and equipment.

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme construction work

We have now successfully completed over a week of piling and the progress has been good. Piling is expected to continue for four more weeks. Once this has been completed, we will begin installation of the waling beam.

Arun River

In accordance with the works’ progression and tidal levels, we expect to relocate the jack-up barge to its third and fourth piling positions out of the seven designated positions along the river during the week commencing 9 October. This movement may occur outside of regular working hours. If necessary, temporary floodlights will be used on the barge to ensure the safety of our workforce.

During the week of the 16 October, we plan to move the jack-up barge to its fifth position.

As of 8 September 2023, there is a full closure of all craft along the Arun River channel at Arundel, between the A27 Bridge and Queen Street Bridge. This closure will be in effect until Spring 2024 and includes paddlecraft. More information is found here

River Road and Tarrant Wharf

During the week commencing 9 October there will be temporary road closures in place along River Road. We anticipate road closures during peak morning travel times on 13 October. Bollards along River Road will be down during road closures to maintain access from properties.

Memorial Gardens at the bottom of Arun Street is now closed whilst we carry out the works along the wall. The gardens are expected to be closed until April 2024.

Mill Road

Ongoing work will continue within the Mill Road site compound throughout the week starting 9 October. We are expecting to transport more sheet piles from Mill Road to River Road towards the end of the week. This may result in temporary delays at the Queen Street Bridge Roundabout.

Drop-In Event

Thank you all who attended our drop-in event on 6 October at the Arundel Museum. We will be looking to host another event towards the beginning of December. More details will be shared nearer the time.

2 October to 13 October 2023

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme – 2 October to 13 October 2023            

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme (Phase 2) schedule for the weeks commencing 2 October and 9 October. Please expect an increased construction presence, including workers and deliveries of materials and equipment.

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme construction work

Piling has now commenced on site and will occur between the hours of 8am – 6pm from Monday to Friday. However, if required we have permission to move the barge outside of these hours if necessary. During piling, there will be a minimum of 90 minutes break time each day.  

Drop-In Event

On 6 October between 9:30am – midday, the Environment Agency are hosting an in-person drop-in event inside the Arundel Museum. If you have questions or simply want to chat, please drop by. Our team members will be there to provide answers and assistance for any queries you may have.

Arun River

In accordance with the works’ progression and tidal levels, we expect to relocate the jack-up barge to its second piling position along the river during the week commencing 2 October. This movement may occur outside of regular working hours. If necessary, temporary floodlights will be used on the barge to ensure the safety of our workforce. These operations have been coordinated and approved by the Arun District Council Environment Health Officer.

During the week of the 9 October, we plan to move the jack-up barge to its third position. This is dependent on the works the week prior.

As of 8 September 2023, there is a full closure of all craft along the Arun River channel at Arundel, between the A27 Bridge and Queen Street Bridge. This closure will be in effect until Spring 2024, and includes paddlecraft. More information is found here

River Road and Tarrant Wharf

During the unloading of deliveries, temporary road closures will be in place along River Road. Bollards along River Road will be down during road closures. All road closures have been approved and coordinated with West Sussex County Council.

Depending on the progress of works during the week starting October 2, there may be a temporary closure of River Road on 5 October to facilitate the movement of sheet piles onto a barge.

Memorial Gardens at the bottom of Arun Street is now closed whilst we carry out the works along the wall. The gardens are expected to be closed until April 2024.

Mill Road

Ongoing work will continue within the Mill Road site compound throughout the week starting 2 October. We are expecting to transport more sheet piles from Mill Road to River Road towards the end of the week. This may result in temporary delays at the Queen Street Bridge Roundabout.

 

25 September to 6 October

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme – 25 September – 6 October 2023      

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme (Phase 2) schedule for the weeks commencing 25 September and the 2 October. Please expect an increased construction presence, including workers and deliveries of materials and equipment.

Mill Road

Ongoing work will continue within the Mill Road site compound throughout the week starting 25 September. During this week, we will transport materials, including sheet piles, to the River Road site. This may result in temporary delays at the Queen Street Bridge Roundabout.

River Road

During the weeks commencing 25 September and 2 October, deliveries will continue to the River Road site. During the unloading of deliveries, temporary road closures will be in place along River Road. Bollards along River Road will be down during road closures. All road closures have been approved and coordinated with West Sussex County Council.

Memorial Gardens at the bottom of Arun Street will be closed from 27 September whilst we carry out the works to the wall. The gardens are expected to be closed until April 2024.

Further preparation will continue on the jack-up barge currently located at River Road during the week of 25 September.  

Arun River

The jack-up barge is scheduled for transport along the river on 28 September with assistance from the Littlehampton Harbour Master.

As of 8 September 2023, there is a full closure of all craft along the Arun River channel at Arundel, between the A27 Bridge and Queen Street Bridge. This closure will be in effect until Spring 2024, and includes paddlecraft. More information is found here

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme construction work

Foreshore clearance has been successfully completed. Further preparation work is now underway to remove the remaining obstruction at the base of the wall, in preparation for piling to commence on 29 September.

Piling can occur between the hours of 08:00 – 18:00 from Monday to Friday. However, we have permission to move the barge outside of these hours if necessary. During piling, there will be a minimum of 90 minutes break time each day.  

Drop-In Event

On the 6 October between 9:30am – 12:00pm, the Environment Agency are hosting an in-person drop-in event inside the Arundel Museum. If you have questions or simply want to chat, please drop by. Our team members will be there to provide answers and assistance for any queries you may have.

18 September to 25 September 2023

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme (Phase 2) schedule for the weeks commencing 18 September to the 25 September. Please expect an increased construction presence, including workers and deliveries of materials and equipment.

Mill Road

A number of temporary road closures are planned for Mill Road to accommodate the delivery of materials and equipment, including a crane. These road closures are scheduled for Monday 18 September, Wednesday 20 September and Thursday 21 September. All road closures have been approved and coordinated with West Sussex County Council.

River Road

During the week commencing 18 September, materials and equipment will be delivered to the River Road compound site, including the mobilisation of a crane onto the jack-up barge. Pilling materials will be transported from Mill Road to River Road over the coming weeks. Bollards along River Road will be down during road closures.

Arun River

As of 8 September 2023, there is a full closure of all craft along the Arun River channel at Arundel, between the A27 Bridge and Queen Street Bridge. This closure will be in effect until Spring 2024 and includes paddle craft. More information is found here

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme construction work

Foreshore clearance will continue throughout the week of 18 September. This work involves the clearance of rubble located around the base of the wall in preparation for piling.

Subject to weather conditions, notably forecasted high winds, the jack-up barge will be moved down the river and fully assembled into position for piling.  

Piling is expected to begin the week beginning 25 September.

11 September to 22 September

Please expect an increased construction presence, including workers and deliveries of materials and equipment.

Mill Road

Works will continue at the main site compound in the Mill Road overflow car park from 11 September to 22 September. On 18 September a crane will be delivered to the compound which will temporarily restrict vehicle movement along Mill Road. All road closures have been approved and coordinated with West Sussex County Council.

River Road

Materials and equipment will be delivered to the River Road compound sites over weeks commencing 11 September and 18 September. Deliveries will require traffic to be held across Queen Street Bridge, temporarily disrupting traffic for 15 minutes. Whilst deliveries are being offloaded River Road will be closed. Bollards along River Road will be open during road closures.

Crane Deliveries (Maltravers Street and the High Street)

Crane deliveries will continue from 11 September to 20 September 2023. To carry this work out safely, vehicular movements will be temporarily restricted along Maltravers Street and the High Street as each crane is being transported to the site. All road closures have been approved and coordinated with West Sussex County Council. Details of the road closures can be found at one.network.

Proposed Crane deliveries;
11 September
12 September
15 September
18 September
19 September
20 September

River Arun

As of 8 September 2023, there is a full closure for all craft along the River Arun at Arundel between the A27 Bridge and the Queen Street Bridge. This closure will be in effect until Spring 2024 and includes paddlecraft. More information please visit the Littlehampton Harbour website. 

Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme construction work

Foreshore clearance commenced on 8 September and is expected to last a week. This work involves the clearance of rubble located around the base of the wall in preparation for piling.

 

1 September 2023

Materials and equipment continue to be delivered to our site compounds and you will have noticed an increase in lorry movements, this will reduce significantly at the end of September 2023.

Over the next couple of weeks, a number of cranes will be delivered to our compounds via Maltravers Street and the High Street.  The roads will be temporarily closed with diversions in place while we move them into position. Details of the road closures can be found at one.network.

We are aware that the new road surface on River Road has resulted in increased traffic noise. In the short term we have put up signage to slow down traffic and have reduced the gradient of the ramps up to the new surface. In the longer term we will work with the suppliers to see what can be done to reduce traffic noise along the entire stretch of new surface.

Lifting pontoons and work boats will be moved up from Littlehampton and moored by Queen Street Bridge on or just after 7 September 2023.

The jack-up barge will be delivered to the River Road compound mid-September and it will be assembled in the river. The large crane will then be replaced with a smaller crane which will be used to load the sheet piles on to the barge. Deliveries of the sheet piles to River Road will temporarily disrupt traffic for up to 15 minutes.

As the jack-up barge is being assembled, groundwork will also be undertaken in the river to clear the foreshore in preparation for piling. During assembly, navigation of the river will be restricted. See the Local Notice to Mariners here. Towards the end of September, we will be moving the jack-up barge to its first piling position adjacent to the Memorial Gardens at the bottom of Arun Street. The exact date depends on the river and tidal conditions. At this point, river navigation will be closed by the Littlehampton Harbour Master.

23 August 2023

Materials and equipment continue to be delivered to our site compounds and you will see a significant increase in lorry movements but this will reduce at the end of August 2023.

A number of cranes will be delivered to our compounds.  Traffic will be temporarily disrupted whilst we move them into place but expect only short delays, up to 15 minutes.

All surface protection works were completed by Friday 18 August 2023.

We are aware that the new road surface on River Road has resulted in increased traffic noise. In the short term we will look to put up signage to slow down traffic and have reduced the gradient of the ramps up to the new surface. In the longer term we will work with the suppliers to see what can be done to reduce traffic noise along the entire stretch of new surface.

Lifting pontoons and work boats will soon be moved up from Littlehampton and moored by Queen Street Bridge.

The jack-up barge will be delivered to the River Road compound at the beginning of September and it will be assembled in the river. The large crane will then be replaced with a smaller crane which will be used to load the sheet piles on to the barge. These deliveries will disrupt traffic temporarily.

Some groundwork will also be undertaken in the river to clear the foreshore in preparation for piling.

The jack-up barge will remain at River Road. While it is in this position, navigation of the river will be restricted. See the Local Notice to Mariners here. We will be moving the jack-up barge to its first piling position adjacent to the Memorial Gardens at the bottom of Arun Street on or around 11 September.  The exact date depends on the river and tidal conditions. At this point, river navigation will be closed by the Littlehampton Harbour Master.

Update - 14 August 2023

Materials and equipment are being delivered to our site compounds and you will see a significant increase in lorry movements but this will reduce at the end of August 2023.

A number of cranes will be delivered to our compounds.  Traffic will be temporarily disrupted whilst we move them into place but expect only short delays up to 15 minutes.

We have been laying a temporary road surface at River Road to protect the road and services beneath, and that work was finished on 10 August 2023 and River Road re-opened.  Our contractors will now lay a similar temporary road surface at River Road Car Park.  All surface protection works should be complete by Friday 18 August 2023.

We are aware that the new road surface has resulted in increased traffic noise. In the short term we will put up signage to slow down traffic and look to reduce the gradient of the ramps up to the new surface. In the longer term we will work with the suppliers to see what can be done to reduce traffic noise along the entire stretch of new surface.

Working boats and barges will be floated up the river and moored by Queen Street Bridge.

Update - July 2023

Construction of the Arundel Tidal Walls Scheme - Phase 2 will be starting on Monday 31 July 2023. The first activity will be setting up the site compounds in River Road and Mill Road. The locations of these compounds are show in Newsletter 3.1 at the bottom of this page. 

This work includes the temporary closure of River Road to enable the laying of a protective surface over the road and the services underground. 

Background

Who

The Environment agency are working in partnership with JBA Consulting, VolkerStevin and Mott Macdonald. As well as working alongside Arun District council (ADC), Arundel Town Council (ATC) and West Sussex County Council (WSCC) to undertake essential repairs to the river wall in Arundel town centre.

Where

The repairs will be taking place along the Arun River wall, from the memorial gardens (adjacent to Arun street) extending approximately 40 metres downstream along the river. This location is shown by a red line on the image below.

(Image above) The location of planned repairs to the river wall in Arundel is shown by a red line

 

Flooding Information

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Contact us

By email: ArundelTidalWalls@environment-agency.gov.uk

By phone: 03708 506506 (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday). This is the National Customer Contact Centre. Please ask to speak to Michael Carleysmith or Marc Pohl

By post: PSO West Sussex, Environment Agency, Guildbourne House, Chatsworth Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1LD

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