Van Oord signs contract for sandscaping scheme in North Norfolk

Van Oord, working as part of Team Van Oord, has been contracted to undertake the Bacton to Walcott Coastal Management (Sandscaping) Scheme – with works set to get underway in April this year.

Milestones for the project, which has been awarded by North Norfolk District Council, include the decommissioning of existing outfalls and installing a new outfall.

To protect important infrastructure from flooding and benefit local communities, sand will be placed on the beach off Bacton Gas Terminal, Bacton village and Walcott village. Van Oord will be deploying a large trailing suction hopper dredger and a backhoe dredger.

The project will create significantly bigger beaches, improved beach access and increase protection from the sea for the gas terminal and the villages of Bacton and Walcott.

As part of the scheme, Van Oord will provide additional value to the villages through a number of initiatives, such as supporting local charities that have a sustainable impact on the community.

Councillor Sarah Bütikofer, Leader of North Norfolk District Council, said:

“I am delighted we have got to this stage in this crucial project, which will help to provide additional protection to nationally important infrastructure and local villages, using the latest in modern technology and engineering.”

25 February 2019