Two coastal defence contracts for Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty recently announced its appointment to deliver two coastal defence schemes valued at a combined c.£97 million on behalf of Denbighshire County Council. photo

The projects have been awarded through the SCAPE Civil Engineering framework.

According to BB, the Central Rhyl Coastal Defence scheme will see Balfour Beatty replace over 600 metres of original sea walls and construct a new rock armour defence in Rhyl, whilst the Central Prestatyn Coastal Defence scheme will see the company create a new coastal erosion embankment spanning 1,600 metres along the coastline in Prestatyn.

The two schemes, which are valued at c.£69 million and c.£28 million respectively, will protect over 2,500 local homes, businesses and the tourist economy in Denbighshire from flooding and coastal erosion.

To support the bold targets and ambitions set out in its sustainability strategy, Building New Futures, Balfour Beatty will also create new habitats for several protected species by providing new scrubland for badgers and other small animals and utilising a diverse grass and wildflower seeding mix across the coastal embankment to encourage foraging birds.

Completion of the Central Rhyl Coastal Defence Scheme is expected in 2025 and the Central Prestatyn Costal Defence Scheme the following year.