TVO schemes feature in EA magazine

Two Team Van Oord schemes feature in the latest edition of a magazine produced by the Environment Agency and its partners to ‘innovate, share and standardise’ the delivery of projects for communities.

The Broomhill Sands Coastal Defence scheme and Project Lincshore both feature in issue seven of Current Magazine, which was published on 24 March.

In the ‘performance and policy’ section of the magazine (page five), the £30m Broomhill Sands Coastal Defence Scheme is reviewed by Ian Wright, the Environment Agency’s NCPMS (National Capital Programme Management Service) Commercial Services Manager.

The Broomhill Sands scheme, which took two years to complete and was officially opened in May 2016, provides improved protection from flooding for around 1,400 homes and 100 businesses along a 2.5km stretch of the East Sussex coastline from The Suttons to Lydd Ranges.


In the Current Magazine piece, Ian Wright identifies setting common goals, working positively with stakeholders and proactively managing efficiency savings as the main reasons for the project’s success. The scheme is described as a ‘model project that provided additional results’.

Richard Oakes, Environment Agency FCRM Programme Manager, is quoted as saying: “Broomhill Sands was a real success story in terms of the willingness of the team to be really challenging in their commercial approach.

“It was a really well run project that had the flexibility to adapt to all the challenging circumstances that it came across.

“I was, and continue to be, incredibly proud of what the project achieved.”

Project Lincshore is featured in the ‘efficiency and innovation’ section of the magazine (page 19). The article, which includes a video of the project (featured), outlines how the project delivered value for money.

Project Lincshore is the Environment Agency’s flagship scheme to replenish Lincolnshire beaches, thereby helping reduce flood risk to thousands of homes and businesses along the coast.

First commenced in 1994, the annual scheme involves dredging sand from a designated offshore location using a Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger. The material is then pumped to the shore via a floating pipeline, to replace sand lost during winter storms.

During 2016, around 350,000 cubic metres of sand obtained from Crown Estate licensed offshore dredging areas was used to reinstate the beaches to their design level and profile.

The Current magazine article is written by Andrew Rouse, the Environment Agency’s Project Executive, who says: “We have put a lot of effort into working with the community which is ensuring that people understand and appreciate the project. This is evident in the messages left in our comments book.

“The 2016 work was completed as planned and to cost despite a mid-campaign storm (the winter 2015/16 event).

“This long-term commitment allows the integrated team to truly focus on outcomes, using lessons from previous campaigns to maximise innovations and efficiencies.”

FOOTNOTE: Erwin van den Bergh, Team Van Oord’s Project Manager for Lincshore, was recently presented with an Environment Agency WEM Safety, Health and Wellbeing Excellent Behaviour Award to recognise the exemplary safety behaviour demonstrated throughout the 2016 Lincshore works.


06 April 2017