Saturday, 31 March 2012

Central Southend Regeneration Projects Update

Whilst a number of major projects have been delivered in the town on time and on budget there are a few major schemes still under construction and now is timely to give an update on their progress.

The Forum - New Southend Library

The home of the new Southend Library and a joint project between Southend Council, the University of Essex and South Essex College has recently held the ground breaking ceremony on the 5th March with site hoardings and site accommodation now complete. Progress on the construction via a webcam can be found here.

Pier Cultural Centre

Works both on and off site are progressing well with the construction being developed off site in Tilbury with the structure due to be winched into place at the end of the Pier. The Council has received a detailed structural survey from Structural Engineers confirming the existing piles will take the loading of the new building.

the project is on target for the building to be lifted onto the in early May 2012 with completion remaining scheduled for late June 2012 ready for the summer visitor season. The current works relating to the recent collision are progressing well. It is anticipated that we should be able to re-open for normal pier operations for the Easter weekend.

Cliffs Stabilisation

It is anticipated that works to stabilise the Cliffs will commence on site in summer 2012. The planning application for the cliffs stabilisation and new museum was submitted in mid March and is due to be considered at Development Control Committee on 30th May 2012. 

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