Hartlepool Borough Council has appointed Mott MacDonald as project manager and coastal engineer by on two projects along the Hartlepool coastline in the north east of England.
Mott MacDonald will carry out a preliminary options study for developing a programme of cost effective coastal defence works between Marine Drive and Pilot Pier, a 2.4km length of coastline around Hartlepool’s headland.
In addition, Mott MacDonald will undertake a strategic review to help establish a long term strategy for the management of the northern section of Hartlepool’s 8km of coastline and its coastal defences.
The consultancy will review the condition and performance of existing coastal defences through detailed surveys and ground investigations as well as holding consultations with stakeholders including national regulatory bodies and local interest groups.
Additionally, Mott MacDonald will conduct research, with support from HR Wallingford, using numerical modelling, studies and investigations to formulate recommended strategies that are robust, sustainable and environmentally sensitive for the maintenance and improvement of the coastline.
The preliminary option study is due to be completed by mid 2011, while the strategy review is due to be finished early 2012, prior to obtaining formal acceptance by the Environment Agency. Both projects are being funded through the Environment Agency’s Flood Defence Grant in Aid budgets.