Bournemouth and Poole replenishment about to begin

Beach replenishment works at eight areas in Bournemouth and Poole will get underway later this month.

Under the project, these areas will be topped-up with sand as part of the Poole Bay Beach Management Scheme, designed to make the coastline more climate resilient.

In combination with the seawall to protect the cliff toe from erosion, beach management is required to maintain a beach profile capable of withstanding extreme storm events.

This is provided by renourishing the beaches with material dredged from an offshore licensed area, which must closely match the native beach.

This £7.5 million project, which is being carried out by Boskalis Westminster Ltd, will see around 350,000m³ of sand being pumped ashore (using a pipeline) and distributed by bulldozers.

The locations requiring a top-up include Solent Path to St Catherine’s Path, Gordon’s Corner to Fisherman’s Walk, Portman Ravine zig-zag, Boscombe Pier, East Cliff, West Cliff to Middle Chine and either side of Shore Road in Poole.

Pipes are currently laid out near the Bistro on the Beach at Southbourne.

Photo: poolebay.net, example from a previous beach renourishment at Poole Bay