Top accolade for coastal scheme
- Credit: Archant
Lyme’s new sea defences win top award
The latest phase in Lyme Regis’s multi-million-pound coastal defence scheme has won a top award.
The work to protect some 500 homes on the town’s eastern flank beat off 14 competitors to be named the Institute of Civil Engineers’ South West Major Project of the Year.
The award recognises construction projects that stand out for their physical achievement and innovation, and that promote excellence in the engineering profession.
The scheme was funded by Defra, Dorset County Council and West Dorset District Council, and Balfour Beatty was the main contractor.
You may also want to watch:
Cllr Anthony Alford, leader of West Dorset District Council, said: “We are delighted to receive this award which recognises the council’s achievements over many years. This project has truly been a team effort, so congratulations must go to all those involved, including engineers, designers and contractors, as well as those who have helped fund the scheme.
“Phase IV and previous phases have significantly improved the sea defences of the town and helped secure the infrastructure for years to come.”
- 1 Supermarket chain planning four new stores in East Devon
- 2 A special remembrance service in Seaton
- 3 Hippos and Tigers progress before derby night
- 4 Property of the Week: Windmill Cottage, Honiton
- 5 Five Things to do in East Devon this October half Term
- 6 Much-loved public parks given the green flag
- 7 School embraces reading challenge
- 8 Honiton man jailed for two years for voyeurism
- 9 Talk of a high-wage economy will not amuse those on low incomes
The £19.5million project, officially opened last month, has protected around 390 metres of coastline between Church Cliff and East Cliff, as well as 480 homes to the eastern side of the town, from coastal erosion and landslips for the next 50 years.
Lyme Regis district councillor Daryl Turner said: “Lyme residents are indebted to all the organisations that worked on the new sea wall, not only for the practical security that it has given the town, but for the extremely attractive walk it has produced for local residents and visitors alike.”