Work to protect 7,500 properties in Rossall has been completed by Balfour Beatty following completion of a £63M coastal defence scheme for Wyre Council in partnership with the Environment Agency.
The 2km long defence works included installation of 10,000 precast concrete units with over 86,000t of rock underlayer and 241,000t of rock armour.
The completed promenade features artwork, a poetry trail and an ecology park, while a lagoon area will provide additional flood water storage and a new wildlife habitat.
“This is one of the biggest investments ever in a coastal flood scheme,” said Environment Agency chief executive Sir James Bevan. “It will reduce flood risk to 7,500 homes, create new green space and benefit the local economy, including by using locally sourced materials. It’s a great example of partnership: by working together the Environment Agency, Wyre Council, our other partners and the local community have helped create an even better place for people and wildlife”.
The Rossall scheme forms part of the Fylde Peninsula Coastal Programme, encompassing the Fairhaven to Church Scar Coastal Protection Scheme in Lytham and the Anchorsholme Coastal Protection Scheme in Blackpool which was recently completed by Balfour Beatty.