Press Release

Balfour Beatty reaches another milestone in its transformation of Rossall’s sea defences in Lancashire

28 March 2017


Balfour Beatty recently commenced works to create an ecology park on the landward side of its Rossall sea defence scheme in Lancashire.

The transformation of the 1.5km strip of land, already classed as a Biological Heritage site, was awarded to Balfour Beatty following the company’s successful partnership with Wyre Council to construct Rossall’s sea defence. The first four year phase of the scheme saw Balfour Beatty build a new seawall using 280,000 tonnes of rock and 2,762 precast concrete units.

The new ecology park will allow residents to enjoy the rich and diverse wildlife found in the area. The first phase of landscaping will focus on earthworks to raise the level of the ground with turf, seeding and re-planting of rarer plant species following shortly after.

Mark Farrah, Balfour Beatty’s North & Midlands Regional Business Director, said: “This work marks the beginning of the end of construction for the Rossall sea defences. Once complete, together with the Anchorsholme coastal project, it will be the largest coastal protection scheme in the UK helping to protect 12,500 residents from the risk of flooding across a coastline that spans over 2.9 kilometres.”

The Rossall and Anchorsholme sea defence scheme is due for completion this Winter, with the additional landscaping works at Rossall set for completion in Summer 2018.

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Notes to editors:

  • Balfour Beatty ( is a leading international infrastructure group. With 30,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.
  • Our main geographies are the UK, US and South East Asia. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
  • Balfour Beatty has extensive experience of coastal and flood protection works and a reputation for technical excellence and outstanding service delivery. Utilising its expertise in the production and installation of pre-cast units and bespoke technical solutions, Balfour Beatty is able to complete schemes faster while delivering significant efficiencies for its customers.
  • Over the last 20 years, Balfour Beatty has delivered more than 75 coastal protection and flood defence projects amounting to over £500 million for clients including local authorities and the Environment Agency. Since 2010 Balfour Beatty has reduced the risk of flooding to over 100,000 properties through its completed schemes.
  • Major schemes include the £300m ten-year Thames Estuary Asset Management Programme for the Environment Agency and the £86m Rossall and Anchorsholme Coastal Scheme for Wyre and Blackpool Councils, the largest coastal improvement scheme in the country.
  • Balfour Beatty was awarded Environment Agency National Awards for two recently completed schemes: the £19m Lyme Regis Coastal Defence Scheme for West Dorset District Council and the £24m Morpeth Flood Alleviation Scheme for the Environment Agency.

Vivienne Dunn

Senior Media & PR Manager