The anchor from the QEII cruise liner now has a permanent mooring following completion of some challenging foundations work designed by Capita Symonds.
The anchor is now set within a landscaped area in Holy Rood Place in Southampton on what is known as the QEII mile – a route from the Cenotaph to the waterfront at Town Quay in the city. But positioning the anchor called for some complex foundations to support the 13t Spek anchor and avoid damaging archaeology below the site.
As well as the archaeological-rich deposits in the location to the west of Holyrood Church, there were also major services, including water, gas, electric and drainage, below the site. Capita’s solution was a cantilevered raft foundation supported on augured piles to enable the anchor’s weight to be supported without impacting on the ground below.
The raft is now hidden from view below the raised landscaped area that has been finished with black marble.