Volker JV wins £10m Morecambe sea wall revamp

Aaron Morby 7 years ago
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A three-way joint venture between VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins has been confirmed for the job to replace Morecambe’s sea wall.

Work will start next week on the first phase of the 14km long wave reflection wall replacement project that could take up to six years to complete.

Built in the 1980s the wall, which runs the length of the promenade and protects 12,000 properties from flooding, has started to crack and needs to be rebuilt.

The wall is partly made from sand brought in from Bristol which later proved prone to chloride attack.

Mark Gardner, framework director for VBA, said “The project will bring an important and timely replacement to the wave reflection wall and also improve the quality and appearance of the promenade for all.

Ian White, general manager for VolkerBrooks, which will produce the curved concrete wall segments, said: “We’ll be casting for six months for the first phase and producing more than 700 precast concrete units for the wall itself so it is a large scale contract.”

Work is due to be completed on phase one by Spring 2017.

The £10m project is taking place in three stages and this first phase will see the replacement of 1.8km of the wall on Marine Road East between Lord Street and Happy Mount Park incorporating new surfacing, seating and lighting.

Subsequent phases will focus on the Marine Road West area from the Midland Hotel to the Battery and the Sandylands Promenade area.

The project is funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Environment Agency and Lancaster City Council.

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