VBA, a joint venture comprising VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins, has been awarded a two year coast protection scheme contract by Fylde Council following a competitive tender. The scheme will include detailed design and construction of new coastal defences from Fairhaven to Church Scar.
The £17.5m contract will provide new coast protection at Fairhaven and Church Scar 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 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 benefit from the new flood and erosion defences.
VBA will begin construction at Church Scar. Work will include piling, earthworks, pre-cast concrete revetment installation and concrete re-surfacing to the promenade, before starting work at Fairhaven.
Rob Coupe, managing director at VolkerStevin, 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.”
Councillor David Eaves, chairman of the operational management committee for Fylde Council, said: “This is the largest capital project to be undertaken in the history of Fylde Borough Council. After all out hard work I’m delighted to see the contract now executed for the scheme. As well as protecting peoples’ homes we have also considered sustainability and economic growth with the scheme. Providing an asset that both residents and visitors can come to relax and enjoy our beautiful coastline. This contract will take two years to complete and we will issue regular communications and press releases to keep residents informed of the progress.”
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 is currently expected to start on site mid-January 2018 with completion in 2020.
You can keep up to date with the progress of the sea defence work by visiting www.fylde.gov.uk/seadefences
Fairhaven and Church Scar are located in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire.