Associated British Ports (ABP) has invested £370K in a project to repair the ‘New Cut’ river wall in Ipswich, to preserve the integrity of the historic wall.
The wall was originally constructed in the 19th century, and the ‘New Cut’ river wall used to be part of the old entrance to the Port of Ipswich Wet Dock. ABP will repair the 25-metre-long section of the wall, after it sustained damage during adverse weather and fell into the New Cut.
It is expected that the work should take around three months to complete and special attention will be paid to maintaining the overall look of the river wall as well as ensuring that the new section blends in over time. As part of the reconstruction, works will take place on site using a state-of-the-art piling crane.
ABP has appointed contractor JT Mackley to help with the repair work, as they have already carried out considerable works in Suffolk on repairs and improvements to Lowestoft’s sea defences and promenade.
Paul Ager, ABP Divisional Port Manager – East Coast, said: “We look forward to completing these repairs to the ‘New Cut’ river wall section before the winter period, so that it can continue to serve the Ipswich community as it has been doing for centuries.”
The Port of Ipswich is the UK’s leading export port for agricultural products and, together with ABP’s other ports in East Anglia at King’s Lynn and Lowestoft, contributes around £360 million to the UK economy every year.
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