Work to start on the coastal defences at Beesands

South hams
(Last Updated On: September 23, 2016)

Repairs to the coastal defences at Beesands are due to begin on Monday 26 September, next to the village green.

South Hams District Council have been working closely with Landmarc, who will be carrying out the work, to get the best results from the scheme within a challenging budget.

South Hams Executive Portfolio Holder for Customer First, Cllr Hilary Bastone said: “It is clear to see that the might of the sea has taken its toll on Beesands, and our current coastal management plan accepts that we cannot protect this stretch of coast line indefinitely.

However, we have been working with Landmarc to maximise the efficiency of this coastal defence scheme and deliver the best value for money.”

The works will be run in a number of phases, starting with creating a works site and recovering the displaced rock armour, this will then be bolstered with more armour and the new sea defence will be constructed, including additional gabion baskets (small rocks contained within a steel mesh).

The work is expected to be taking place for approximately 6-8 weeks.

Phase 1 – Work begins

A section of village green will need to be fenced off to accommodate a site compound and welfare facilities. The exact location is currently being finalised and every effort will be made during the works to minimise the amount of green required.

Phase 2 – Rock Armour Recovery and Material Deliveries

Remedial works will begin by recovering the displaced rock armour and temporarily stockpiling within the fenced off area.

Landmarc will be importing 2-4 tonnes of secondary armour to bolster the amount of armour available.

Phase 3 – Rock Armour placement

Rock armour will then be selected to enable reconstruction along a frontage extending approximately 160m from the existing play park.

Works will also include construction of additional gabion baskets at the rear of the new revetment.

Phase 4 – End Detail

The available rock armour will be concentrated along a smaller frontage to try and improve stability. The team are currently exploring the feasibility of installing a dynamic, low profile rock revetment


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