Balfour Beatty bags £73m sea defence scheme

| Mon 28th October | 8:21

Balfour Beatty has clinched contracts for two coastal defence jobs for Blackpool and Wyre councils in the North West.

The £20m Anchorsholme Scheme for Blackpool Council and the £53m Rossall Scheme for Wyre Council will replace over 2.9km of the original 1930′s seawalls as part of the promenade renewal and beach management projects.

The two separate sea defence projects were bundled together into a single design and build job in the hope of saving time and cash from the £100m projected estimate.

Works on both contracts will commence on site this winter with completion for Anchorsholme in summer 2015 and completion for Rossall in the summer of 2017.

Andrew McNaughton, Balfour Beatty chief executive officer said: ”Drawing on our extensive experience of delivering coastal defence schemes, we will utilise innovative construction methods such as BIM to deliver first class civil engineering schemes that will protect over 12,000 properties and local infrastructure from the risk of coastal flooding.”

When the schemes are handed over Balfour Beatty will train teams from both councils to use BIM for asset management purposes including ongoing operations, maintenance planning and monitoring.

Both schemes form part of the wider Fylde Peninsula Coastal Programme which aims to protect properties from flooding and regenerate parkland areas for local community use.

Rossall Coastal Defence Scheme, Fleetwood

These existing coastal defences have  an estimated lifespan of less than 5 years.

The new scheme will involve rebuilding 1.9km of coastal defences with either rock armour  or concrete seawall and potentially re-charging the beach.

Rossall is planned to start towards the end of 2013/14 and continuing through to finishing 2018/19.

Anchorsholme Coast Protection Scheme, Blackpool

The existing seawall is in progressive failure and will need a new 1km length of precast and in-situ concrete sea wall and promenade.

Anchorsholme will be delivered in two Phases, Phase 1 starting in 2013/14 (12 months for first 500m), Phase 2 2016/17 (12 months for second 500m).

 

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