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VolkerStevin starts on £8m sea defences in Folkestone

8 Aug 11 VolkerStevin has begun work on an £8m sea defence contract in central Felixstowe for Suffolk Coastal District Council.

The scheme will be constructed in two phases from August to November, and from April to July next year

Work includes placing a series of 18 rock groynes, a rock revetment and walkway from the prom around Cobbold’s Point to Jacob’s Ladder, and the topping up of the beach levels with sand and shingle between Harvest House and Cobbold’s Point.

“These vital coastal defence works will provide protection for nearly 1,500 homes, as well as local businesses, recreational gardens and key facilities, in Central Felixstowe for the next 100 years,” said Cllr Andy Smith, cabinet member for coastal protection.

The scheme was designed by Mott MacDonald and is funded by the Environment Agency.

Phase 1 of the scheme comprises the most urgent work, which is the construction of the first nine groynes in the northern section, the topping up of the beach between Harvest House and Cobbold’s Point and a temporary improvement of the revetment around the southern section of Cobbold’s Point to provide additional protection during the 2011/2012 winter.

Phase 2 will follow next year and comprises the construction of the remaining nine groynes and the rock revetment and access way around Cobbold’s Point.

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