What the project is
The car park at Rawene Reserve, Birkenhead, has been closed for safety reasons since 20 September 2017.This is following two land slips at the car park, the first on 8 October 2017 and the second on 28 November 2017.
Council engineers and technical specialists are investigating the geology of the site. At this stage, it is too early to establish the causes of the slips.
Emergency works have begun, with full-time geotechnical supervision. We will be progressing as rapidly as we can in a safe manner, while trying to minimise disruption to the local community.
Timeframe of the project
Emergency stabilisation work began on Tuesday 19 December 2017.
This work is estimated to be complete by the end of January 2018.
While these works are being completed, longer term design and remedial works will be scoped. These will take much longer, and more information will be available once the full investigation into the slip is complete.
We intend to stop work on weekends and public holidays to minimise disruption to local businesses and residents.
However, some work on weekends, public holidays, or outside normal hours may be necessary to get the work completed on time. We will try to notify affected residents in advance if this is required.
We will be working on 27-29 December 2017 and 3-5 January 2018.
Our normal construction hours are:
- Monday to Friday:
- 6.30am to 7.30am, low level noise activities only
- 7.30am to 6pm, construction work
- 6pm to 8pm, work can continue, but no noisy work.
- Saturday: 7.30am to 6pm
- Sundays and public holidays: No noisy construction work at any point. Site visits may occur on these days.
Access to the area
For the safety of the public, it is currently not possible for pedestrians and vehicles to access private car parks via Rawene Road.
The land in the gully (the main slip) is unstable and contaminated, and is not safe to access. No one should try to access this area, even at times when no work is taking place.