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VolkerStevin wins Green Apple Award

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 VolkerStevin has won a ‘Silver' Green Apple Award which recognises its outstanding sustainability practices on the Central Felixstowe Coastal Protection Scheme. The award, which was accepted by representatives of the project team at the House of Commons, praised their innovative measures to ensure that the project was run in a sustainable way with minimal impact on local residents.

Green Apple award


The £9.35m project, awarded to VolkerStevin by Suffolk Coastal District Council, safeguards nearly 1,500 homes from coastal erosion. It involved the construction of 18 rock groynes, ramps, beach steps, rock revetment, walkway maintenance and the recharge of parts of the beach.


Innovative solutions

The active engagement of the team in finding innovative solutions for the disposal of waste meant that all concrete from the groynes (nearly 7,600 tonnes) was recycled on site. The concrete from the old groynes was broken down on site to a suitable grading size and used as fill material within the new rock groynes and to build up levels within the revetment works.

In addition, all the new materials were imported by sea via marine barges and then moved to site using the beach as a haul road. This avoided the need to send loaded vehicles through the town centre with the accompanying noise, pollution, the inevitable wear and tear on the local roads, as well as the associated carbon footprint.

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