Shoreham project draws to a close

With work nearly complete, Team Van Oord is entering the final phase of the Shoreham Adur Tidal Walls scheme.

The Shoreham scheme is being carried out by Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, Adur District Council and West Sussex County Council.

Work on site commenced in October 2016, and when fully complete will significantly reduce flood risk to more than 2,300 properties in Shoreham and East Lancing – as well as protecting important local infrastructure including the road network, railway line and Shoreham Airport.

The scheme is separated into 10 reaches, or lengths of the estuarine bank. The new defences include steel sheet piling, concrete walls, flood glass and earth embankments.

This scheme was largely complete by the end of 2018, with Team Van Oord returning to site in January and February 2019 to carry out the final works at W5 (Riverbank – houseboat reach) and W7 (Shoreham Airport).

Works at reaches E3 (left) and W1 (right) are complete

One of the already completed reaches is E3 (Downs Link) – which follows the route of a disused railway line – where Team Van Oord has reinstated the old Downs Link path and cleaned the Heron statue, which was designed by pupils from Heron Dale School.

When the statue was reinstated the pupils were invited to cut a ribbon to formally reopen it and learn more about the Downs Link and its heritage.

Under the scheme, Team Van Oord has also made improvements at W1 (Fort car park). Previously, the car park had no marked bays and a problem with littering and vandalism.

The new improved car park includes marked disabled bays, a new community notice board, new benches and improved access to the beach – including a ramp that complies with the Access and Equality Act 2010.

Community highlights
One of the highlights of the scheme has been the way Team Van Oord has engaged with the local community, including the Shoreham Beavers and pupils from local schools.

During November 2018, the project team hosted a series of workshops on flooding and flood defences, during which the Beavers were introduced to the equipment and materials used to build defences, before venturing out to see the defence at the Scout Hut.

There have also been a number of school visits, with close to 400 pupils from eight local schools visiting during the two-year construction period.

In summer 2018, the project team held six community walks, providing a unique opportunity for people to find out more about the work involved in the scheme.

The walks were a great success, with Team Van Oord receiving very positive feedback.

One local resident said they were “most impressed by how hard and professionally your team has been working”, and “how impressive their work ethic is”.

Another resident said they “thoroughly enjoyed (the walk) and learned so much about the Adur tidal walls flood defence scheme”, adding: “We here in Shoreham are so fortunate to have such fantastic flood walls being constructed to protect us and our homes.”

23 January 2019