Transforming the beach involved replacing old timber defences, constructing an artificial reef, rock breakwaters and groynes, and thousands of tonnes of imported shingle to provide nourishment and increase the width of the shingle ridge, providing protection from incoming waves.
Speaking at the opening Minister John Griffiths, said: “This coastal defence scheme has given us the opportunity to enhance the environment and amenities of this area. By adapting the design of the reef to improve surfing conditions the scheme has also ensured a real boost to the tourism industry and local economy. As well as the reduced risk of flooding and support to local tourism sites, this scheme will also benefit the community of Borth.”
Alice Johnson, project manager for Royal Haskoning was responsible for the design, and construction supervision. “The new sea defence will dramatically improve the lives and livelihoods of the people of Borth, protecting the beach and its shoreline properties from flooding during storms. Our designs also ensured that sea views, heritage of the traditional holiday beach and the surrounding environment were maintained.
“The design and layout of the scheme involved many studies including initial computer modelling of the shore and beach behaviour. This was refined through 3D physical modelling which was carried out in experimental tanks at HR Wallingford’s laboratories. This model demonstrated the response of the design to ordinary, storm and extreme conditions at Borth, and was also used to assess the surfability of waves.”
The project team comprising contractor Bam Nuttall and Royal Haskoning achieved recognition by the Considerate Constructors scheme for excellent construction site standards regarding consideration towards neighbours, their workforce and the environment. The team got behind local fundraising activities, gave talks to schools and carried out general repairs to the car park and pathways of the local church. The team was presented on site with the Scheme’s Considerate Gold Award.
“The project was significantlly influenced by the people of Borth whose support was essential in achieving planning, consents and approvals. We maintained ongoing communictions with residents and other interested parties throughout the works. We talked to residents who took a keen interest in watching the beach as it transformed, and gave talks to some 15 schools to help students understand the importance of coastal defence work.”
Royal Haskoning has had extremely positive feedback about the scheme, particularly from residents who have told the team that they can rest easy knowing their properties are protected. The project team was presented with the Considerate Gold Award by the Considerate Constructors scheme which recognises excellent standards of construction sites regarding consideration towards neighbours, their workforce and the environment.
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