Sandscaping scheme gets underway on Norfolk coast

Image: John Curtin, via Twitter

Team Van Oord has begun work on the UK’s first sandscaping coastal flood defence scheme in North Norfolk.

The Bacton to Walcott Coastal Management Sandscaping Scheme is being carried out by Van Oord and Royal Haskoning DHV, working as part of Team Van Oord.

The beaches in front of Bacton Gas Terminal and the villages of Bacton and Walcott will be transformed during summer 2019 as a result of the sandscaping scheme.

The scheme will see approximately 1.8 million cubic metres of sand placed and engineered on these beaches. The height and width of the beaches will be significantly increased, access to the beaches improved – and the gas terminal and both villages will be better protected from the sea.

Van Oord is deploying a large trailing suction hopper dredger and a backhoe dredger to pump sand to the beach, which is then positioned using bulldozers with GPS.

The sandscaping work is expected to progress quickly, starting at Bacton Gas Terminal and working towards Walcott. As the beaches towards Bacton village and Walcott are nourished, sections will be closed for public use and then reopened as soon as possible.

It is estimated that up to 240 metres of new beach will be completed each day.

The project, which was awarded to Team Van Oord by North Norfolk District Council earlier this year and is estimated at between £18-19m, also includes the decommissioning of existing outfalls and installing a new outfall.

19 July 2019