Students visit Elmer scheme as work gets underway

Students from the University of Brighton have paid a visit to a coastal defence scheme in the West Sussex village of Elmer, where works recently got underway.

The Elmer Coastal Defence Scheme is being carried out by Mackley, working as part of Team Van Oord, on behalf of the Environment Agency, Arun District Council and Elmer Sands Limited.

Works on the coastal defences got underway in September and once completed, will help to protect 325 properties from flooding and erosion.

On 23 October, more than 40 students from the University of Brighton visited the scheme to witness firsthand the ongoing works.

David Knapp, Mackley’s Business Development Manager, said: “Students from local universities have been visiting Mackley sites since 2014, when we joined the local Industrial Advisory Board which is based at the University of Sussex.

“The Board’s purpose is to forge links and partnerships between local universities and business and industry, to both enhance students’ learning experience and make an important contribution to their successful development.

“These visits to our sites are a key part of that development, and it’s great to see students enjoyed their first visit to Elmer.”

Elmer Sands lies four miles to the east of Bognor Regis and has a shoreline which includes a range of coastal defences, providing protection to people and properties from the risk of flooding.

The project involves extending the existing rock revetment by approximately 180metres – while 12,500 cubic metres of shingle is being recharged across the middle section of the defences.

Other works include a new boat ramp over the rock revetment for Elmer Boat Club and pipe protection to Elmer Rife Outfall.

Work is due to be complete by March 2020.

05 November 2019

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