The project involves repairs to the wave reflection wall, built in the 1980s, which runs the length of the promenade and protects approximately 12,000 properties from flooding. It has recently started to deteriorate.
The VBA JV is an equal partnership between VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins. VolkerStevin’s sister company VolkerBrooks will work on casting for the wall.
The project is taking place in three stages and this first phase will see the replacement of 1,800m of the wall on Marine Road East between Lord Street and Happy Mount Park incorporating new surfacing, seating and lighting.
Subsequent phases will focus on the Marine Road West area from the Midland Hotel to the Battery and the Sandylands Promenade area. In total the work is expected to last up to six years.
The project is funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Environment Agency and Lancaster City Council.
Mark Gardner, framework director for VBA, said “The project will bring an important and timely replacement to the wave reflection wall and also improve the quality and appearance of the promenade for all.”
Ian White, general manager for VolkerBrooks, said: “We’ll be casting for six months for the first phase and producing more than 700 precast concrete units for the wall itself so it is a large scale contract.”
Work is due to be completed on phase one by Spring 2017.