9 Sep 2014

South Tyneside Council desperately needed a solution to protect and maintain the deteriorating sea wall and defences at Littlehaven beach in South Shields, UK.

As an internationally respected engineering expert in coastal erosion and flood defence, South Tyneside commissioned Royal HaskoningDHV to appraise options for the future management of the sea wall.

The chosen approach was to demolish the existing wall and construct a replacement wall, while rejuvenating the frontage as a local amenity area.

The scheme, initiated in 2009, officially opened in early 2014. In addition to Royal HaskoningDHV and South Tyneside Council, the project team consisted of contractors Galliford Try and landscape architects Oobe.

The project was largely funded by South Tyneside Council with grants from the UK central government facilitated via the Environment Agency and Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

The project has since won two prestigious awards, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' (RICS) North East Renaissance Awards 2014 for Infrastructure, and the ICE North East Robert Stephenson Award for projects over £4m (€4.9m).

Royal HaskoningDHV is very proud of its association with the South Shields' Littlehaven Promenade and Sea Wall project and a full feature article on our involvement was published in the August 2014 edition of World Dredging Mining & Construction.

World Dredging Mining & Construction has kindly allowed Royal HaskoningDHV to host the feature article, on pages 11, 12 and 13.