Works Continue to Repair Kennetside Retaining Wall
The main phase of works to repair the Kennetside Retaining Wall will begin next week.
Last Autumn Reading Borough Council announced that a detailed survey of the 120-year-old retaining wall showed some sections of the timber piles and wall had decayed and that some sections, between Patriot Place and Weirside Court, needed replacing.
That work began on December 5th and so far has seen the excavation and breaking out of the existing retaining wall, and the construction of plinths for new guard railing.
The next and main stage of the work is programmed for the week beginning Monday 20th February. This will involve the placing of piles into the river bed to form the foundation for the new retaining wall. Installation of the piling is expected to take 10 weeks and once the piling is finished the new sections of wall can be put in place.
The nature of piling means that this is expected be the most disruptive stage of the repair works. Working hours will be restricted from 8.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday only, and some disruption is expected.
Tony Page, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “These important works are essential to maintaining a key pedestrian and cycleway into the heart of Reading. The Council apologises in advance for any inconvenience or disruption the repairs may cause and we will ensure every effort is made to keep this to a minimum.”