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Volker starts piling on Fylde coast defences

Volker Ground Engineering is reported to have started piling work for a £17.5M coast defence scheme on the Fylde coast.

The scheme for Fylde Borough Council in Lancashire is being delivered by VBA, a joint venture comprising Volker Stevin, Boskalis Westminster and SNC Lavalin’s Atkins business.

The two-year scheme includes detailed design and construction of new coastal defences from Fairhaven to Church Scar to replace structures built in the 1890s that are in poor condition and protect 2,425 properties from flooding and coastal erosion.

The scheme is funded by the Environment Agency and is part of the North West Shoreline Management Plan to “hold the line” here.

Volker Ground Engineering is undertaking installation of sheet pile walls for construction of a new retaining wall structure on the scheme at Church Scar. The firm will also undertake earthworks for the wall construction.

The project will include pre-cast concrete revetment installation and concrete re-surfacing to the promenade at Church Scar before work progresses onto Fairhaven.

The project is set to be completed in 2020.

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