Coastal defence project now complete

A £5 million coastal defence project designed to reduce flood risk to over 1700 Hayling Island homes has been successfully completed. Heavy construction machinery has been working on the beach at Eastoke Point, Hayling Island for the last 6 months to build the new scheme which involved shifting tons of shingle and placing huge rocks on the beach for protection.

The beach, which had been closed for the majority of the summer is now fully open to the public following the works.

The scheme, designed by coastal engineers at the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership and funded by the Environment Agency, has seen 70,000 tonnes of rock from Norway placed on the beach.  This rock has been used to construct over 650m of rock revetment and four new rock groynes. In addition, over 25,000 tonnes of shingle has been imported to raise the beach levels along the Eastoke Point frontage.  Improvements were also made to the existing sea wall behind the promenade to ensure it continues to protect the properties in the area. 

As part of this scheme, access to the beach has been improved by a new ramp and steps at Nutbourne Road and Bosmere Road which will allow people to get to the promenade all year-round. Two new beach access ramps with timber steps have also been built as part of the works. These steps are designed to be buried for the most part but should the beach erode in storm events they will provide an important access to the lower beach.

Marc Bryan, Project Manager said:

“As with all large construction projects there have been many challenges along the way, but the finished scheme is one the local community can be proud of.  We have been able to reduce the risk of coastal flooding and erosion while improving access and the amenity value of this important coastal area. The project team appreciated the support of the local public and from Ward Councillors John Smith, Leah Turner and Andrew Lenaghan. ”

Councillor Guest, Portfolio holder for Planning and Built Environment said:

“This project is another great example of partnership working with the local community. It  was completed on time and within budget, and the project officers are to be commended on an excellent job.”

Contractors Raymond Brown Construction Ltd completed the works within the original six month period allowed for construction and on budget with the final cost just under £5.1 million.    

The new scheme, which is designed to reduce flood risk against a 1 in 200 year flood event, has already been tested during the recent storm events of October and November 2013. The defences performed well and no coastal flooding was experienced.

A time lapse video of the construction of the defence is available below.