UK: Shoreham flood scheme enters next phaseProject Updates // February 22, 2017
Over 2,000 properties in Shoreham and East Lancing on the south coast of the UK will have a significantly reduced flood risk thanks to a new flood defence scheme.
The scheme has taken a step towards completion this week, with piling works at two of the project’s 10 phases now finished.
The huge jack-up barge, that has been working to install one of the new tidal flood defence piled walls in the town centre since November, will leave the site next week having completed its phase of the work.
Of the planned 10 construction phases, three have been worked on since the project started in October 2016, and work so far has been progressing well.
The scheme will significantly improve the current ageing flood defences, and when the whole project is complete, in 2018, it will reduce the tidal flood risk to thousands of homes and a significant number of commercial properties in the area. It will also protect important local infrastructure such as the road network, railway line and Shoreham Airport.
Russell Long, Flood Team Leader at the Environment Agency, said: "Work on the scheme is progressing well, and further phases of work are set to begin later in the year. We are aware of the impact that the development of these schemes can have on local communities, and we thank the residents of Shoreham for their understanding during the works."
The Adur Ferry Bridge will need to be closed for a few hours when the jack-up barge leaves Shoreham next week (week commencing 27 February), and shuttle buses will be provided during this time. Exact timings of this operation will depend on weather and site conditions.