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Balfour Beatty completes £63M flood defence

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Balfour Beatty has completed the £63M Rossall Coastal defence scheme.

More than 10,000 manufactured precast concrete units, 86,342 tonnes of rock underlayer and 241,000 tonnes of rock armour sourced from 12 quarries in the north of England were used to complete the 2km project.

The Lancashire scheme will protect a tramway, hospital and schools and reduce flood risk to 7,500 nearby residential properties. 

Balfour Beatty chief executive officer Dean Banks said: “We are delighted that the local community and visitors to the Flyde coast can now fully experience the extensive benefits of the Rossall scheme, which will protect thousands of nearby properties from the risk of flooding and offer a captivating promenade for people of all ages to enjoy.

“The project’s success is a testament to the skills and collaborative working relationship between the fully integrated delivery team, with Wyre Council and the Environment Agency.”

Environment Agency chief executive James Bevan added: “This is one of the biggest investments ever in a coastal flood scheme. It will reduce flood risk to 7,500 homes, create new green space and benefit the local economy, including by using locally sourced materials. 

“It’s a great example of partnership: by working together the Environment Agency, Wyre Council, our other partners and the local community have helped create an even better place for people and wildlife.”

The Rossall scheme is part of the Fylde Peninsula Coastal Programme, including the Fairhaven to Church Scar Coastal Protection Scheme in Lytham and the Anchorsholme Coastal Protection Scheme in Blackpool.

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