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Mott MacDonald wins design engineer role for Felixstowe coastal protection

Mott MacDonald’s role as design engineer on a project to help manage and protect the coast of Felixstowe from coastal erosion for Suffolk Coastal District Council is under way.

The engineering consultancy is designing 18 straight rock groynes - hydraulic structures that interrupt water flow and limit the movement of sediment - with associated shingle and sand recharge which replenishes the beach. This will make the beach higher and wider, offering protection from coastal erosion to nearly 1500 homes and local businesses, recreational gardens and key facilities in central Felixstowe for the foreseeable future.

Mott MacDonald is also designing a rock revetment and access way that will extend the existing promenade 300m towards north Felixstowe. The company is currently finalising detailed designs of the scheme which will be constructed in two phases, helping to secure planning permission and supporting the necessary Coastal Protection Act applications. In addition, the consultancy is preparing long term management plans for the beach as well as assisting with technical support for the procurement of the contractor for the construction phase of the project.

The company will work in the project until completion in summer 2012.

Mott MacDonald project director Peter Phipps said: “Mott MacDonald, with Suffolk Coastal District Council, were keen to understand the wider impact of this scheme and throughout the consultation process considered the carbon footprint of each of the proposed options to aid selection of the preferred option. We were also innovative in obtaining funding from the Environment Agency for the project through highlighting the importance of tourism in Felixstowe to the local and national economy. The scheme also embraces increased public interaction with the coastline in line with the aspirations of the Marine and Coastal Access Act of 2009.”

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