Work has started on a two-year £17.5M coastal protection project on the Fylde coast in Lancashire.
The main contractor VBA is a joint venture between VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins. The project, which is a partnership between Fylde Council, VBA and the Environment Agency, involves the replacement of the current concrete defences along the two-miles between Fairhaven and Church Scar at Lytham St Annes.
The existing defences were built in the 1890s and required annual emergency repairs to prevent a major breach.
VBA project manager Richard Birchall said: “The coastal protection works are much needed improvements that will provide added resilience and support economic growth in the region.
“We are pleased to contribute towards the reduction in flood and erosion risk that will benefit communities and business by safeguarding homes, schools and the surrounding infrastructure.”
The first part of the project is the installation of sheet piles, which will be carried out by VolkerGround Engineering, to secure the foundations for the new concrete retaining wall.
The second phase of works at Fairhaven Lake will begin towards the end of the year. This will involve upgrading Stanner Bank car park, replacing the retaining wall and refurbishing the existing outfall drainage from the lake to the sea.
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.
The project is due to be completed in 2020.