Top accolade for coastal scheme

The newly opened section of Lyme's sea defences

The newly opened section of Lyme's sea defences - 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.

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.”

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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.”

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