Partners in the multi-million pound Bacton to Walcott Coastal Management (Sandscaping) Scheme gathered in Cromer on February 19th, for the signing of the construction contract with Team Van Oord.
The significant project milestones include the decommissioning of existing outfalls and building of a new outfall during May and June; and the placing of approximately 1.8 million cubic metres of sand on the beach off Bacton Gas Terminal, Bacton village and Walcott village in July and August.
The Sandscaping scheme will see sand placed on beaches covering a 5.7km length starting north-west of Bacton Gas Terminal and ending to the south-eastern extent of Walcott.
North Norfolk District Council is leading the Sandscaping scheme in collaboration with the Bacton Terminal Operators to protect nationally important infrastructure and benefit local communities. The scheme was designed by consultancy Royal Haskoning DHV, who will remain involved for design support and construction management.
Funding of the scheme is through £1.08m from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth deal with Government, North Norfolk District Council, Bacton Terminal Operators, Environment Agency, Norfolk Business Rates Pool, Regional Flood and Coast Committee and the local community.
The sand placement will be made up of:
- Approximately 1 million cubic metres in front of Bacton Gas Terminal
- Approximately 0.8 million cubic metres in front of the villages of Bacton and Walcott.
Estimated scheme costs are between £18 million and £19 million.
The project will create significantly bigger beaches, improved beach access and better protection from the sea for the gas terminal and the villages of Bacton and Walcott. Over time there could be benefits to other villages along the coastline.
As part of the scheme Team Van Oord will be seeking to provide additional value to the villages through a number of initiatives, including provision of an additional £25,000 towards North Norfolk District Council’s Big Society Fund to support projects in the villages of Paston, Bacton and Walcott.