Clifftop properties worth £ 70m saved from cut-off from sustained landslide

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Clifftop properties worth £ 70 million have been saved from a landslide after the council spent £ 2.5 million to combat coastal erosion.

A road between the 80ft cliffs at Poole, Dorset and ten apartment buildings was in danger of being swallowed – with a landslide in 2017 forcing the local government to step in.

Since then, there has been significant movement at Canford Cliffs, which has led to fears that the flats, which offer beautiful sea views and are sold for £ 750,000 each, could be endangered.

The properties are some distance from the edge of the cliff, but would have been cut if the erosion had continued.

The City Council has spent £ 2.5 million driving more than 1,500, 15-meter steel nails into the rock face. The giant posts will strengthen and support approximately 60,000 square feet of cliff.

The luxury apartments are located in an affluent part of Poole, with former Premier League managers Harry Redknapp, Tony Pulis and Graeme Souness all living nearby.

The preventive measure was put in place to protect 10 blocks of luxury apartments along the Poole coastline.  Each of the apartments is selling for around £ 700,000, in part because of their breathtaking sea views

The preventive measure was put in place to protect 10 blocks of luxury apartments along the Poole coastline. Each of the apartments is selling for around £ 700,000, in part because of their breathtaking sea views

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council have spent £ 2.5 million to support the cliff face to prevent further landslides, with locals expecting measures to protect properties for up to 80 years

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council have spent £ 2.5 million to support the cliff face to prevent further landslides, with locals expecting measures to protect properties for up to 80 years

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council have spent £ 2.5 million to support the cliff face to prevent further landslides, with locals expecting measures to protect properties for up to 80 years

More than 1,500 steel nails 15 meters long have been hammered into the cliff face of Poole.  The giant posts will strengthen and support approximately 60,000 square feet of cliff

More than 1,500 steel nails 15 meters long have been hammered into the cliff face of Poole.  The giant posts will strengthen and support approximately 60,000 square feet of cliff

More than 1,500 steel nails 15 meters long have been hammered into the cliff face of Poole. The giant posts will strengthen and support approximately 60,000 square feet of cliff

Black erosion protection mats have also been placed over it to prevent minor landslides and stabilize the soil.

Residents of the flats say they are relieved that the work has been done.

Ian Robertson said, ‘Obviously it had to be done because without intervention the cliff would eventually have collapsed. I think some flats closer to the cliff must have been concerned about coastal erosion.

“I fully support the council it establishes. It’s £ 2.5 million in investment. ‘

Workers have driven 1,500 huge nails into the rock face

Workers have driven 1,500 huge nails into the rock face

The work cost the local government £ 2.5 million

The work cost the local government £ 2.5 million

Workers installed 1,500 huge nails in the rock face to prevent a landslide caused by coastal erosion in the area

Nails could be seen sticking out of the rock face as workers installed them.  Work began after a landslide on the site in 2017

Nails could be seen sticking out of the rock face as workers installed them.  Work began after a landslide on the site in 2017

Nails could be seen sticking out of the rock face as workers installed them. Work began after a landslide on the site in 2017

Work has been carried out to protect luxury apartments on Canford Cliffs (circled), along England's south coast

Work has been carried out to protect luxury apartments on Canford Cliffs (circled), along England's south coast

Work has been carried out to protect luxury apartments on Canford Cliffs (circled), along England’s south coast

The exclusive properties are set back from the cliff's edge, but would have been cut if erosion had continued

The exclusive properties are set back from the cliff's edge, but would have been cut if erosion had continued

The exclusive properties are set back from the cliff’s edge, but would have been cut if erosion had continued

Cliff Drive consists of a row of three-story condominiums overlooking Poole Bay with views of Old Harry Rocks to the west and The Needles to the east.

Cliff Drive consists of a row of three-story condominiums overlooking Poole Bay with views of Old Harry Rocks to the west and The Needles to the east.

Cliff Drive consists of a row of three-story condominiums overlooking Poole Bay with views of Old Harry Rocks to the west and The Needles to the east.

Another resident said: “I remember the landslide very well when it happened, it was extremely worrying.

“In any case, I am relieved that this work has taken place as it will secure the cliff for another 70 to 80 years, we are told.”

Mark Andersen, environmental portfolio holder in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, said: ‘The work being carried out aims to tackle the cliff edge that occurred in 2017.

‘The properties are quite far from the edge of the cliff. There is a road and grassy areas between the cliff edge and the Cliff Drive apartment complexes.

Black erosion protection mats have also been placed over it to prevent minor landslides and stabilize the ground while the nails cling underneath

Black erosion protection mats have also been placed over it to prevent minor landslides and stabilize the ground while the nails cling underneath

Black erosion protection mats have also been placed over it to prevent minor landslides and stabilize the ground while the nails cling underneath

The properties are located in an affluent part of Poole, with former Premier League managers Harry Redknapp, Tony Pulis and Graeme Souness reportedly all living nearby.

Work to protect the cliff for decades began last September and is expected to be fully completed by the end of spring

Work to protect the cliff for decades began last September and is expected to be fully completed by the end of spring

Work to protect the cliff for decades began last September and is expected to be fully completed by the end of spring

‘The residents were offered a pre-works property investigation, this is standard and most residents had their properties assessed.’

The cliff work will be performed by engineers from specialist contractor CAN Geotechnical.

They started last September and there is competition for the project towards the end of spring.

Cliff Drive consists of a row of three-story condominiums overlooking Poole Bay with views of Old Harry Rocks to the west and The Needles to the east.