The final section of the Sea Defence Project at Fairhaven Lake has been completed and is now open to the public.
Construction for the scheme started in 2018 after years of project development, it has been designed to protect over 2,400 properties from coastal erosion and stretches from Fairhaven Lake to Church Scar promenade on Seafield Road. VBA also raised the defences to withstand a 1-in-200-years storm event, whilst having a lifespan of 100 years, taking into account predicted sea level rises. The previous defences were built in the late 1890’s and their condition has deteriorated over time and not fit for purpose. They required emergency repairs to be financed every year to prevent a breach and coastal erosion.
The Environment Agency provided a £21.4m investment grant which was secured by Fylde Council. However VBA (a joint venture between VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business) has completed all the works under budget and ahead of the contract Completion Date in December 2020.
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