Old Portsmouth’s Round Tower

Old Portsmouth's Round Tower

Old Portsmouth’s Round Tower

Portsmouth City Council is currently redeveloping Point Barracks, an old military establishment in Old Portsmouth, into a major arts attraction. The arches of Hot Walls are being developed into 13 art studios, a new brasserie and café and the Round Tower is being converted into an exhibition space.

As part of this redevelopment, South Coast Concrete Pumping was asked pump to concrete onto a new roof on the Round Tower. The pour was complicated due to the less than ideal set up position offered – with historic cobble stones and flag stones beneath the pump and overhead cables above.

After due consideration, it was decided to deploy a larger pump, to set it up further from the tower and to boom out over the existing buildings. The pump chosen was a Schwing S43SX, 43 metre boom pump. The boom was long enough to reach the roof and the outrigger configuration allowed the pump to be set up safely in the gap between the site huts and the site storage containers.

Pumping the Round Tower roof

Pumping the Round Tower roof

Over the centuries, the Round Tower has been subjected to the worst coastal weather conditions imaginable. Luckily for South Coast and the main contractor Mountjoy Ltd, the weather was kind on the day of the pour and the work was carried out in calm, dry conditions.