Cowes to become a 'true sheltered harbour' once £7 million breakwater is built

Construction of the new Cowes breakwater is to start at Easter, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has announced.

CHC has appointed construction firm Boskalis Westminster to build the new £7

million detached breakwater. The construction of

the new breakwater will be carried out in two phases. The initial construction phase will continue through

the summer of 2014 and will then be followed by a consolidation period to allow

for settlement of the breakwater structure during the autumn through to spring

2015. The contractor will then return to Cowes to re-dress the core structure

and complete the construction of the breakwater during the summer of 2015.

 The construction of the 350 metre long breakwater is the

first phase of transforming Cowes into a “true sheltered harbour”. The project is a joint initiative between

CHC and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) with both parties funding the

work, with co-operation from the Crown Estate.

 Capt. Stuart McIntosh, Cowes Harbour Master, said: “The signing of the

breakwater construction contract is a significant milestone.” The breakwater is the first and most important

component of the new harbour protection and infrastructure to be delivered as

part of this partnership project. CHC will continue to work with the HCA to

deliver the harbour authority’s priority of completing the sea defences by the

delivery of the second phase: the extension to the Shrape breakwater and the

dredging of the new Eastern Channel, which will be brought forward as part of

the HCA’s proposed new marina at East Cowes.

 Cowes Harbour Commission will issue regular navigational

information and news updates for stakeholders and harbour users during the

construction process. More information on the Cowes breakwater project can be

found on the CHC website: www.cowesharbourcommission.co.uk.