Posted on 16 November 2017
Joint venture VBA, comprising VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins, has been awarded a two year coast protection scheme contract by Fylde Council.
The 17.5 million UK pound contract will provide new coast protection at Fairhaven and Church Scar, south of Blackpool, as the current concrete defences, built in the 1890s, are in poor condition and require emergency repairs every year to prevent a major breach. Work is expected to start on site mid-January 2018 with completion in 2020.
Hold the line
The scheme is funded by the Environment Agency and is part of the North West Shoreline Management Plan to ‘hold the line’ here. On completion 2.425 properties will benefit from the new flood and erosion defences.
VBA will begin construction at Church Scar. Work will include piling, earthworks, pre-cast concrete revetment installation and concrete re-surfacing to the promenade, before starting work at Fairhaven.
As part of the protection scheme, a temporary bird roost will be created to avoid bird population disturbance to the natural ecology and environment.
Rob Coupe, managing director at VolkerStevin, said: ‘VBA has significant experience in coast protection and flood response and is delighted to be working closely with Fylde Council, to not only improve their coastal defences and protect homes, but to enhance the promenade experience for residents and tourists to enjoy, both now and in the future.’
Councillor David Eaves, chairman of the operational management committee for Fylde Council, said: ‘This is the largest capital project to be undertaken in the history of Fylde Borough Council. After all our hard work I’m delighted to see the contract now executed for the scheme.’
This news item was originally published on the website of VolkerStevin.
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