Balfour Beatty bags £97m haul of coastal defence work

The Central Rhyl Coastal Defence scheme will see Balfour Beatty replace over 600m of original sea walls and construct a new rock armour defence in Rhyl, while the Central Prestatyn Coastal Defence scheme will see it create a new coastal erosion embankment spanning 1,600m along the coastline in Prestatyn.

The two schemes, which are worth £69m and £28m respectively, will protect over 2,500 local homes, businesses and the tourist economy in Denbighshire from flooding and coastal erosion.

Balfour has committed to ensure 40% of its workforce will be made up of people from the local, surrounding area.

Peter Mumford, managing director of Balfour Beatty’s UK Construction Regional Civils business, said: “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Denbighshire County Council following the successful completion of the East Rhyl Coastal Defence scheme last year.

“As the climate continues to change at pace, we will draw on our extensive experience and expertise to deliver these schemes to the highest standard and protect local communities in the area.”

Works on both schemes are due to commence later this month, with completion of the Central Rhyl Coastal Defence Scheme expected in 2025 and the Central Prestatyn Costal Defence Scheme the following year.

At construction peak, the schemes will employ a workforce of 120, including 22 apprenticeship, graduate, and trainee positions.


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