Friday, 10 May 2013
MULTI MILLION POUND COASTAL DEFENCE SCHEME COMPLETE
Celebrations marking the completion of Thanet District Council’s multi-million pound sea flood defence scheme have been held in Margate with the expert team responsible for its development.
The landmark scheme, funded by the Environment Agency, was designed to dramatically reduce the risk of flooding in Margate Old Town and was completed almost £1million under budget.
Work on the scheme, which has been under construction since 2010, has involved major renovations to the Stone Pier, the North and South Sea Walls, the installation of seven new floodgates and the construction of a 200 metre-wide stepped structure.
As well as providing vital protection from the risk of flooding, the new steps have been designed with integrated seating and lighting to provide an attractive new area to enjoy Margate’s stunning sea views. They also provide access for the first time from the Old Town area of Margate directly onto the beach.
The savings achieved on the scheme have allowed the Environment Agency to fund additional work including the refurbishment of the Marine Pool on Margate Sands.
The East Kent Engineering Partnership (which includes expert officers from Thanet District Council and Canterbury City Council) were responsible for the design of the project, which was funded by an Environment agency grant. The contractor J Breheny Civil Engineering Ltd undertook construction of the scheme. All of those involved in the project were thanked for their efforts and achievements.
Council Leader, Cllr Clive Hart, said: “I’m delighted with the new defence works in Margate. Thanks to the expertise and efficiency of those developing this scheme we’ve completed the work to an incredible standard and well under budget.
“This year is the 60th anniversary of the 1953 floods, and provides a poignant reminder of the need for this scheme in the area.
“We are now confident that our original seaside town will be protected from the risk of flooding for the next 50 years and also now have a fantastic new public area which can be enjoyed for many years to come.
“I’d like to thank our local residents and businesses who have remained patient and understanding during construction.”