Coastal defence works continue in South Kent

Van Oord, supported by their subsidiary partner Mackley, has been appointed by the Environment Agency to design and construct a coastal defence scheme at Lydd on the South Kent coast.

Once completed, the scheme will better protect this environmentally important area, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) firing range at Lydd and people and property within the Romney Marsh area from coastal flooding and erosion for the next 25 years.

Design work is complete, with construction getting underway during April 2021.

The contract encompasses 320,000 cubic metres of shingle beach nourishment, the construction of 34 timber groynes, rock armour protection and other flood risk management related asset improvement and replacement works.

The beach nourishment operation is scheduled for summer 2022, once the new timber groynes have been installed. A trailing suction hopper dredger will be deployed for this part of the project.

Return to Lydd
In summer 2020, Team Van Oord (a partnership of Van Oord, Mackley and other parties) was commissioned to carry out emergency works following substantial storm damage that almost breached the shingle ridge defence.

The Lydd Ranges Emergency Works comprised the placement of approximately 56,000 tons of rock armour , 45,000m3 of shingle and repairs to two existing timber groynes.

A wider scheme
The works at Lydd are part of the Folkstone to Cliff End Flood Risk Management Strategy designed to reduce coastal flood risk to 14,500 homes, 700 businesses and nationally important critical infrastructure within the low-lying Romney Marsh area.

Team Van Oord has been involved with many of the earlier phases of the strategy implementation that have already been completed between Dymchurch and Hythe Ranges and the multi-award winning Broomhill Sands Coastal Defence Scheme.

12 May 2021

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