Press Release

Balfour Beatty awarded coastal defence projects totalling £73 million

28 October 2013


Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces the award of two UK coastal defence contracts totalling £73 million for Blackpool Council and Wyre Council.

The £20 million Anchorsholme Scheme for Blackpool Council and the £53 million Rossall Scheme for Wyre Council will replace over 2.9km of the original 1930’s seawalls as part of the promenade renewal and beach management projects.

We will utilise Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology on both schemes at design development stage and throughout construction to create a virtual environment to mitigate risks and manage interfaces prior to starting works on site. Upon handover of the schemes, we will train teams from both Councils to use BIM for asset management purposes including ongoing operations, maintenance planning and monitoring.

Our relationships with Blackpool Council and Wyre Council span over 13 years during which time we have enjoyed a fully collaborative approach enabling us to deliver consistently high quality sea defences that exceed our customers’ requirements.

Andrew McNaughton, Balfour Beatty Chief Executive Officer said;

“We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with both Blackpool Council and Wyre Council.

“Drawing on our extensive experience of delivering coastal defence schemes, we will utilise innovative construction methods such as BIM to deliver first class civil engineering schemes that will protect over 12,000 properties and local infrastructure from the risk of coastal flooding.”

Works on both contracts will commence on site this winter with completion for Anchorsholme in summer 2015 and completion for Rossall in the summer of 2017.

Both schemes will be predominantly funded by the Environment Agency.  They form part of the wider Fylde Peninsula Coastal Programme which aims to protect properties from flooding and regenerate parkland areas for local community use.

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Notes to editors:

  1. Our previous work with Blackpool Council and Wyre Council included the £75 million Blackpool Central Area Coast Protection Scheme and the £19 million Cleveleys Coastal Defence & Improvements Phases 2, 3 & 4.  
  2. Over the last 13 years we have delivered 21 significant coastal defence projects amounting to over £230 million for local authorities and the Environment Agency.  Our current portfolio of coastal works includes the £12 million Morpeth Flood Alleviation Scheme, the £5 million River Mersey Flood Defence Scheme, £2.7 million Humber Coastal Defence scheme, £6 million Lincshore Beach Replenishment 5 year Scheme; all for the Environment Agency and, the £1.2 million Hightown Coastal Defences Phase 2 scheme for Sefton Borough Council.  
  3. Balfour Beatty ( is an international infrastructure group that delivers world class services essential to the development, creation and care of infrastructure assets; from finance and development, through design and project management to construction and maintenance.

    Our businesses draw on more than 100 years of experience to deliver the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise to our clients principally in the UK, the US, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. We continue to develop our business in key growth markets in South Africa, Australia, Canada, Brazil and India.

    With proven expertise in delivering infrastructure critical to support communities and society today and in the future, our key market sectors include transportation (roads, rail and aviation), power and energy, mining, water and social infrastructure such as hospitals and schools.  

    Balfour Beatty employs 50,000 people around the world.
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