2nd Oct: Centurion Industrial Park

Centurion Industrial Park is on the east bank of the Itchen River directly north of Northam Bridge. I can see the northwest corner from my house.  Their is a Royal Mail sorting office and between that and Bitterne Manor, the Clausentum Quay flats. In 1996 when I first moved in neither the flats nor the sorting office existed; the area was occupied by industrial sheds with possible marine industry links.

While walking on 13th August I discovered work had begun on sea defences for the Industrial Park.  The wooden piles and shoring, topped by open metal railings, were being removed and replaced by metal pilings, topped at a low level by concrete.  It was hard to make out what the final design would look like.  Next to Northam Bridge the remains of a stone abutment had been uncovered.

By the 2nd October the structure of the new sea wall was more obvious.  Also obvious was that it had been discovered by graffiti artists.  The design looks to be aimed at stopping boats from mooring against the wall.  Indeed, if someone moors there at high tide they could well be in danger as the tide recedes!