Maintenance work commissioned

Maintenance work is to begin on Nab Tower, after the vital Solent navigation aid deteriorated ‘to an unacceptable and dangerous degree’.

Trinity House has commissioned the work to extend the lifespan of the structure – originally built to defend the UK during world war one – by at least 50 years.

The tower will be made shorter, all external steel will be removed and the concrete sub-structure will be cladded in gun-applied concrete.

A Trinity House spokesperson said: ‘The remodelled structure will support the requirements of the aid to navigation into the future and result in reduced maintenance costs as the station will be able to be attended by Trinity House vessels without the need for a helicopter.’

The work will finish next summer with a break over the winter to avoid poor weather.

Beachy Head lighthouse spared.

Beachy head lighthouse faces switch-off.