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Galliford Try South Shields coastal defence scheme


The coastal defence scheme built by Galliford Try’s Civil Engineering business at Littlehaven in South Shields for South Tyneside Council has won both the Infrastructure Project of the Year and overall Project of the Year awards at the Constructing Excellence North East awards staged in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 8 May.

The scheme will go forward to the national finals in the autumn. The scheme is also shortlisted for the Project of the Year under £10m category of the Construction News awards which take place in London on 30 June.

The project, which was jointly funded by South Tyneside Council and the Environment Agency, involved the demolition of the old, decaying sea wall and construction of a new structure on a slightly different alignment to create a reshaped beach area. The new wall is 550m long, 3-4m high and consists of front and rear sections connected by a stepped revetment.

The main benefits of the work include better protection against flooding caused by tidal surges, a larger beach and an illuminated promenade. The project was completed with the installation of a concrete sculpture called Eye and Sea through which passers by can look at the Tyne’s piers and open sea.

“It’s great to get the external recognition that a scheme of this complexity deserves,” said Dave West, Galliford Try project manager. “Building the new sea defences was both a challenging and satisfying project that has resulted in significant improvement to the South Shields shore.”

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