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Poundfield meets sea wall challenge

10 Sep 15 A Hartlepool sea defence walling project has provided Ipswich-based Poundfield Products with its largest ever contract.

Hall Construction Services is building a 2km sea wall
Hall Construction Services is building a 2km sea wall

Poundfield is fulfilling a £2m order for decorative, reinforced concrete panels from Hall Construction Services.

The order covers the manufacture of nearly 4,000 individual pieces, which are now being used to construct more than 2km of new sea defence wall at Hartlepool Headland. The project is scheduled to take five years to construct.

The contract, being carried out on behalf of Hartlepool Borough Council, is 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 800m of critical areas.

Poundfield’s 200mm-thick decorative panels are being installed to heights of up to six metres and are anchored into the existing wall prior to back-filling with concrete. This will result in a new wall with a total new minimum thickness of approximately 450mm.

Poundfield is using GRP reinforcement in the panels in place of traditional steel to resist the corrosive effects of salt water.  The new wall has a 200-year life expectancy.

Once the new wall is completed, a total of 1,075 concrete capping beams, also supplied by Poundfield, will be installed along the top, together with a safety handrail system.

Poundfield managing director Mark Jardine 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."

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