Soundshell work gets underway

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Published: 06 Jan 2022

Initial groundworks to prepare for the project to replace the 65 year old seating at Caroline Bay Sound get way on Monday prior to demolition work in early February.

Thompsons Engineering have been awarded the contract to demolish and rebuild the seating. They will begin demolition work on 1 February with the new seating aimed to be in place in time for the 2022/23 carnival.

Works to prepare the site beginning on Monday will require the removal of two of the three English Elm trees directly behind the site.

General Manager Commercial and Strategy Steve McKnight said that while the overall aim had been to retain the trees, professional advice was that the structural strength of them had been compromised.

“As part of the demolition and reconstruction of the bleachers they would need to be pruned back so significantly that they would very likely fall in wind, causing a significant safety risk, so we had to make the difficult decision to remove them.

“We’ve managed to ensure that one of the trees will not be affected and will remain.”

The next stage of the project will see the current Soundshell seating fenced off from 14 January to enable the deconstruction and removal of the temporary support structure underneath the seats.

More details of the project will be released as it progresses.

Last updated: 06 Jan 2022