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£17.5M coastal defence scheme awarded

Fairhaven to church scar promenade coastal defence 3to2

A joint venture comprising VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins (VBA) has been awarded a £17.5M, two year contract to design 2.5km of new coastal defences from Fairhaven to Church Scar, south of Blackpool.

The scheme is required 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 being 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 be protected by the new flood and erosion defences.

Construction will start at Church Scar with piling, earthworks, pre-cast concrete revetment installation and concrete re-surfacing to the promenade, before work starts at Fairhaven.

VolkerStevin managing director Rob Coupe 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.”

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 on site is expected to start in mid-January 2018 with completion in 2020.

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