First phase of Gardenstown landslip protection complete as final nails secure mesh to slope

The first phase of work to secure the unstable slope above Gardenstown Harbour Road has been completed with the final soil nails installed to secure a large protective mesh.

The mesh will help restrict further movement and degradation of the slope, preventing materials falling onto Harbour Road.

Harbour Road was reopened at the end of April, with some short-term closures, while engineers delivered the preferred interim solution to stabilise the slip, protecting the road and properties below.
The completion of the stabilisation means that Harbour Road will return to full width with the removal of the temporary block wall.

A total of 120 soil nails and stabilisation mesh were installed, covering the total area of the landslip.

Foliage has already started to grow on the site, and over the coming months is expected to cover the mesh completely. Several hundred poppy seeds have also been planted in the middle of the slope on behalf of the Heritage Centre, a locally run group.

Head of Roads, Landscape and Waste Services Philip McKay said: “I am pleased to see that the initial work to stabilise the landslip has been completed.”

“A great deal of work has gone into this phase of the works. Thank you to all the staff and contractors who worked on the project. Also, thank you to the residents of Gardenstown for their patience whilst the work has been underway.”

The slope will continue to be monitored and discussions will be held on possible solutions for further stabilisation of the slope if required.

You can see more information, including the council's chosen interim engineering solution to the landslip at