Team Van Oord Receives Innovation Award for Broomhill Sands

Team Van Oord was presented last night with the Innovation Award at the 2016 Environment Agency Project Excellence Awards, recognizing its work on the £30m Broomhill Sands Coastal Defense Scheme.

The Project Excellence Awards recognize excellent project work undertaken by the Environment Agency and its partners.

For 2016 there were 60 individual projects entered across the seven categories, making a total of 96 submissions. A pre-selection panel shortlisted three projects in each category for further judging.

As well as wining the Innovation category, Broomhill Sands was also shortlisted in two other categories: ‘Program and Project Delivery’ and ‘Efficiency’.

Located at Camber Sands in East Sussex, the Broomhill Sands scheme provides improved protection from the risk of flooding for around 1,400 homes and more than 100 businesses.

The scheme has increased protection from one in 20 years to one in 200 years, taking into account predicted sea level rises.

The works extended across 2.5m of beach and included:

  • a 1.8km length of rock revetment requiring 265,000 tonne of rock armor and a new concrete wave wall;
  • recharging 700m of shingle beach and replacing the existing timber groynes;
  • widening and improving the existing access way along the top of the sea defense, including pedestrian access steps and ramps down to the beach.

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