This coastal protection project for Tendring District Council was awarded to VBA JV Ltd in May 2014. VBA is a consortium comprising VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins that was established to secure works through the Water and Environmental Management Framework (WEM).

The frontage at Clacton and Holland-on-Sea is located on a south-easterly facing section of the Essex coastline with exposure to the North Sea. The frontage included within the project is approximately 5 kilometres in length, stretching from Clacton Pier at the southern end to Holland on Sea to the north.

Designed by Mott MacDonald, the works comprise:

  • Demolition of the existing groynes
  • Construction of twenty two fishtail rock groynes and one terminal rock groyne
  • Capital beach recharge along the whole frontage
  • New promenade handrailing

The approximate principal quantities were:

  • 300,000 tonnes of rock armour
  • 1,000,000 m³ of beach recharge
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