VBA to Begin Morecambe Scheme

Joint venture VBA is set to start work next week on the first phase of a multi-million pound project to replace Morecambe’s wave reflection wall.

VBA, comprising of VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins, is the main contractor for the project which will also see VolkerStevin’s sister company VolkerBrooks working on casting for the wall.

Mark Gardner, framework director for VBA, said “The project will bring an important and timely replacement to the wave reflection wall and also improve the quality and appearance of the promenade for all.

Ian White, general manager for VolkerBrooks, said: “We’ll be casting for six months for the first phase and producing more than 700 precast concrete units for the wall itself so it is a large scale contract.”

Work is due to be completed on phase one by Spring 2017.

The £10 million project is taking place in three stages and this first phase will see the replacement of 1,800 meters of the wall on Marine Road East between Lord Street and Happy Mount Park incorporating new surfacing, seating and lighting.

Subsequent phases will focus on the Marine Road West area from the Midland Hotel to the Battery and the Sandylands Promenade area. In total the work is expected to last up to six years.