VBA, a joint venture comprising VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins, has been awarded a two year coast protection scheme contract by Fylde Council following a competitive tender. The scheme will include detailed design and construction of new coastal defences from Fairhaven to Church Scar.
The €19.5m contract will provide new coast protection at Fairhaven and Church Scar as the current concrete defences, built in the 1890s, are in poor condition and require emergency repairs every year to prevent a major breach. 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, VBA will create a temporary bird roost to avoid bird population disturbance to the natural ecology and environment.
Work is currently expected to start on site mid-January 2018 with completion in 2020.
You can keep up to date with the progress of the sea defence work by visiting www.fylde.gov.uk/seadefences
The Water and Environment Management (WEM) Framework is a €2.6b illion, six year framework that focuses on reducing the risk of river and coastal flooding across the UK.
This framework, which runs from 2015/6 to 2020/21, is available to other flood and coastal risk management organisations such as Natural Resources Wales and local authorities. In addition to reducing the risk of river and coastal flooding, the WEM Framework will provide social and environmental improvements.