Latest Update from the Environment Agency
A decision was made late on Wednesday 25 March to delay the start of the piling works to Monday 30 March. The first batch of piles will still be delivered today (26 March).
We have made this decision to ensure that all required measures to allow site staff to operate safely and within Public Health England guidance have been put in place.
Together with our suppliers we are following government guidance that critical construction activities should continue as long as they can comply with Public Health England advice. Our works in Arundel will better protect people and properties at risk of flooding and erosion. Work due to start in River Road includes an already failed section of river wall, and adjacent sections of wall that are continuing to deteriorate.
We understand that many of you may have concerns about the impact on yourselves, your families and neighbours at the current time. We are working with our contractors to put in place working practices and arrangements to help reduce the impact that the piling will have in the community. The percussive and vibration piling will not be a continuous activity and there will be natural breaks in this work; for example where we need to re-position the jack-up barge. This can take a full day to complete.
We will continue to have noise and vibration monitoring equipment in place and will review our activities and their impact on a daily basis. We will continue to adhere to new, or updated guidance on Covid-19 and construction, and will follow any additional direction that may be given to us over the coming days and weeks. This may result in last minute and immediate changes to the status of the project.