Work has begun on a two-year, £17.5m coastal protection project along the Fylde coast, according to the VolkerStevin’s latest release.
The project is a partnership between Fylde Council, VBA and the Environment Agency.
The work includes replacement of the current concrete defenses in poor condition along the two mile stretch between Fairhaven and Church Scar at Lytham St Annes, which would have required yearly emergency repairs to prevent a major breach.
By deciding to replace it now and include an upgrade to the promenades, Fylde Council will continue to reduce the risk of flooding in the area and will help make sure that the area is both a great place to live and visit.
VBA, the main contractor, is a joint venture comprising VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business, who specialize in designing and constructing sustainable flood and coastal defenses throughout the UK.
Richard Birchall, project manager at VBA, said: “The 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.”
The project begins with the installation of sheet piles which will be carried out by piling specialists VolkerGround Engineering, to secure the foundations for the new concrete retaining wall.