The ribbon wall at Harton Quays Park is a curved feature retaining wall constructed from reinforced earth, faced with 144 decorative precast concrete panels. The panels are 1.2m wide and range in height from 1.5m to 4.5m.
With each panel weighing up to 3.7t, a 35t-capacity Terex Demag AC35 mobile crane (pictured below) is on hire from Hewden to lift the panels into place.
When complete the park will stretch along the Tyne from South Shields ferry landing to the Customs House and feature curved embankments, amphitheatre, promenade, high specification landscaping and planting including mature trees.
Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering regional director Phil Morgan said: “The installation of the ribbon wall emphasises the progress being made on the Harton Quays Park project. This is a significant scheme which when complete will transform the waterfront area. I would like to thank South Tyneside Council for its support and the public for their continuing patience during this construction period.”
Balfour Beatty is also carrying out all earthworks as well as the soft and hard landscaping to develop the park area in South Shields.
The park is being developed as part of the wider regeneration masterplan for South Shields Riverside and is due for completion in spring 2013. It is joint-funded by South Tyneside Council and the Homes and Communities Agency.