Update on former Futurist site

Monday, 28 January 2019

Willmott Dixon has advised us that the installation of all but four of the sheet piles at the back of the cliff is now complete. Following the successful backfilling that dampened the vibrations from the sheet piling installation, a further six weeks of backfilling will now take place before the crane returns to site for one day to complete the piling.

We are pleased with the diligent and responsible way in which Willmott Dixon has carried out the essential piling works, by installing extensive monitoring equipment, stopping work when necessary, changing methodology and responding to residents’ concerns.

It is good to see that the majority of the work has now been completed and only one further day of piling is expected following the installation of the suppressant backfill.

Willmott Dixon and the council have received a small number of reports of cracking in properties surrounding the site and we will continue to support the residents and property owners affected by these works.

Detailed internal and external condition surveys were undertaken of all properties surrounding the site in advance of the demolition and slope stabilisation project commencing in 2017. When the works on site are completed, Willmott Dixon will be happy to revisit any properties of those who still have concerns, to compare the conditions with those found in the original surveys.

Willmott Dixon has confirmed that any damage caused as a result of their operations will be rectified by them at the end of the project. In fact this has always been a condition of our contract with them and we are satisfied that Willmott Dixon is carrying appropriate insurances to cover such eventualities.