Creating new flood defences, two pumping stations, and intertidal habitat on the Suffolk coast
The coastal flood defence along the Benacre and Kessingland shorelines is eroding and becoming difficult to maintain. With the risk of inundation increasing, threatening homes, businesses, farmland, and key infrastructure including the A12 regional transport route, the Waveney, Lower Yare, and Lothingland Internal Drainage Board knew it was time to act. They reached out through the SCAPE Consultancy Framework to our team, a Perfect Circle Preferred Supply Partner. They appointed us to deliver the detailed design for this flood risk management and intertidal habitat creation project on the Suffolk coast.
Our scope includes the investigations and consent work required to create new coastal flood defences and a major new pumping station. Additionally, our team will create an area of intertidal saltmarsh habitat to help mitigate the effects of climate change, encourage biodiversity, and provide social value for local communities.
Many saltmarshes were converted to agricultural and development land during the 18th and 19th centuries and restoring them supports flood and coastal risk management. At Benacre and Kessingland, the restored saltmarsh will protect critical freshwater resources and create a safer national coastal footpath route benefitting communities, wildlife, tourism, and the local economy.
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