West Dorset District Council (WDDC) has announced that Balfour Beatty has completed work on Phase IV of a major slope stabilisation and sea defence upgrade in Lyme Regis.
Work on the £19.5M scheme started in April 2013 and focused on protecting homes, roads and infrastructure on the eastern side of the town from coastal erosion and landslips.
“The Lyme Regis coastal protection scheme was initiated by the council in the early 1990s,” said WDDC chairman Peter Shorland. “In the past 100 years, Lyme has experienced loss and damage to properties, landslip and erosion of the foreshore and breaches to its sea defences.
“The excellent work carried out by all those involved so far has put a stop to this situation and will protect this beautiful town in the future.”
Environment Agency coastal engineer Neil Watson added: “The Lyme Regis Phase IV East Cliff scheme is one of the largest and most complex coast protection and slope stabilisation projects attempted in England for many years.
“It demonstrates the benefits of working in partnership in addressing planning, complex geotechnical, environmental, community and financial challenges of the site to provide an exemplar that will be followed by the industry for decades to come.”
An official opening ceremony for the new sea defences is planned for 17 June and will include pupils from the local secondary school who will be studying coasts from September. The event will include tours of the work with detailed information about the construction process.