Coastal protection work starts on Fylde coast

The project is a joint venture between Volker Stevin, Boskalis Westminster and SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business The project is a joint venture between Volker Stevin, Boskalis Westminster and SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business

A joint venture company known as VBA, has begun work on a £17.5 million contract that will enhance the coastal protection along a section of the coastline at Fylde in Lancashire, UK, reports Dag Pike.

VBA will act as the main contractor on this project and is a joint venture between Volker Stevin, Boskalis Westminster and SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business. This joint venture specialises in designing and constructing sustainable flood and coastal defences throughout the UK.

This project is a partnership between the Fylde Council, the VBA and the Environment Agency and the work involved will replace the current concrete defences in the area which are in poor condition. The section being replaced is a two mile stretch between Fairhaven and Church Scar at Lytham St Annes, which would have required yearly emergency repairs to prevent a major breach if the replacement work was not carried out.

The project manager at VBA, Richard Birchall commented, “These coastal protection works are much needed improvements that will provide added resilience and support economic growth in the region. We are pleased to contribute towards the reduction in flood and erosion risk that will benefit communities and businesses by safeguarding homes, schools and the surrounding infrastructure.”

Work has started on the initial stages of this project which will see the installation of sheet piles along the stretch of coastline being worked on. This initial phase of the project will be done by Volker Ground Engineering, part of the consortium who are specialists in this type of work which will secure the foundations for the new concrete retaining wall. Following the installation of this sheet steel piling, work will then start on the earthworks that are required to establish the temporary route at Church Scar. This temporary route will give VBA access to begin the removal and replacement of the existing retaining wall.

Towards the end of this year VBA will then begin the second phase of works at which will be at Fairhaven Lake. This will involve upgrading the Stanner Bank car park, replacing the retaining wall and refurbishing the existing outfall drainage from Fairhaven Lake to the sea. The whole of the project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2020.

This project is being funded by the Environment Agency and is one of a number of coastal protection projects underway to enhance coastal protection around the British coastline and VBA is a major contributor to many of these projects.

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