VolkerStevin is working with joint venture partners Boskalis Westminster and Atkins to deliver this £36 million coastal defence project from Clacton Pier to Holland Haven.
Work on the project along a 5km stretch of coastline started in June 2014 and will carry on throughout the summer and into autumn. It will start up again in spring 2015 with completion targeted for autumn 2015.
The project has been funded with £3 million each from Tendring District Council and Essex County Council, with an extra £1m expected from both authorities, which in turn unlocked a £27m grant from the Environment Agency's flood defence fund and £512,000 from the Government's growth fund.
The scheme has been hailed as a vital boost for regenerating the seafront as well as protecting more than 3,000 homes and commercial properties for the next 100 years.
It involves demolishing a number of existing timber and concrete groynes along the frontage and building 22 fishtail groynes and a terminal groyne in their place.
The plans also include a beach recharge of around 950,000 cubic metres of material with rocks being brought in by sea from Norway.
In summary, this coastal defence project comprises:
The VBA joint venture comprising VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins has begun work on the 5km coastal defence...