Lyme Regis Work Wins Award

West Dorset District Council’s engineers have scooped one of the top awards at a recent ceremony hosted by the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) in Bristol.

The pioneering Lyme Regis Environmental Improvements Phase IV scheme beat off 14 competitors to take home the ICE South West Major Project of the Year award at the ceremony last Friday. The award recognizes construction projects that stand out for their physical achievement and innovation, and that promote excellence in the engineering profession.

The scheme was funded by Defra, Dorset County Council and West Dorset District Council, and Balfour Beatty was the main contractor.

Cllr Anthony Alford, Leader of West Dorset District Council said: “This project has truly been a team effort, so congratulations must go to all those involved, including engineers, designers and contractors, as well as those who have helped fund the scheme. Phase IV and previous phases have significantly improved the sea defenses of the town and helped secure the infrastructure for years to come. Winning this award is just the icing on the cake.

The £19.5 million project has protected around 390 meters of coastline between Church Cliff and East Cliff, as well as 480 homes to the eastern side of the town from coastal erosion and landslips for the next 50 years.

Phase IV is the latest part of the Lyme Regis coastal protection project to be completed and was officially opened by Cllr Peter Shorland, Chairman of West Dorset District Council and Alan Lovell, former Chair of Wessex Regional Flood Coastal Committee last month.