Rocks roll into place as phase one is done ...

Work is progressing on Kirkcaldy sea front
Work is progressing on Kirkcaldy sea front

Work on a £9million project to redevelop Kirkcaldy’s ageing seawall is making good progress with the first phase almost complete.

Contractor VolkerStevin is set to finish up on site this month for the winter before resuming work on the project in early March.

The wall is being refurbished and heightened to help protect the promenade, and new seating and lighting installed to make it a more attractive place for locals and visitors to enjoy.

Two compounds have been set up from which the work is being carried out - one at the Basin car park and the other opposite Volunteers Green.

Work began on the seawall in July and the first task was to repair the wall at the Basin, at the south end of the Esplanade.

This was followed by workers putting the rock armour reventment in place to break up the waves before they reach the wall. The other half of the wall is to be worked on next year and it’s estimated the whole project will be completed in autumn 2014.

A spokesman for VolkerStevin said so far workers have successfully removed the top section of the seawall and put in 168 pre-cast wall units, which cover 500m of the sea front, to a point opposite Lidl supermarket.

He said: “Over 1500m of rock revetment has been constructed along the seawall providing enhanced protection ahead of the winter period.

“Rock and stone is being laid to construct a new vehicle/pedestrian access ramp at the southern end of the promenade and the construction of the ramp will continue throughout December.

“The construction operations will stop on December 20 and re-commence in March 2014. Throughout this time there will still be a presence on site, with minimum construction activities.”

Murray Scott, Fife Council’s project manager on the scheme, said: “The contract is to have a break through the winter months when we would expect the worst of the weather to be. But we have fared quite well so far, extending the works into December.”

He said a total of 80,000 tonnes of rock armour is to be placed along the wall and so far, 75 per cent of the rock needed has been delivered.

He continued: “The intention is to work productively in March and the beginning of April to allow the workers to break off in time for the Links Market to take place. The whole project is to be completed in October 2014 and at the moment, everything is running to plan.”

He added the project has been well received by locals with a public drop-in office set up on the Esplanade opposite Volunteer’s Green for people to go in and find out more about the works.

The office will remain open until December 19 and will close for the winter shutdown, re-opening on March 3.

Two access steps into the beach remain open at the northern end of the promenade but, in the interest of public health and safety, all other areas remain closed. Diversion signs are displayed throughout the site.