Partners, including Team Van Oord, in the multi-million pound Bacton to Walcott Coastal Management (Sandscaping) Scheme gathered in Cromer, UK, last week for the signing of the construction contract. The scheme was designed by consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV, who will remain involved for design support and construction management.
The significant project milestones include the decommissioning of existing outfalls and building of a new outfall during May and June; and the placing of approximately 1.8 million cubic metres of sand on the beach off Bacton Gas Terminal, Bacton village and Walcott village in July and August.
The Sandscaping scheme will see sand placed on beaches covering a 5.7km length starting north-west of Bacton Gas Terminal and ending to the south-eastern extent of Walcott.
The project will create significantly bigger beaches, improved beach access and increase protection from the sea for the gas terminal and the villages of Bacton and Walcott.It will protect nationally important infrastructure and benefit local communities. Over time there could be benefits to other villages along the coastline.
Cllr Sarah Bütikofer, Leader of North Norfolk District Council and Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, said: “I am delighted we have got to this stage in this crucial project, which will help to provide additional protection to nationally important infrastructure and local villages, using the latest in modern technology and engineering.