Coastal Protection Scheme to Future-proof Aberavon’s Promenade

We are very pleased to announce our involvement in a major engineering scheme to protect Aberavon promenade in Neath Port Talbot.

The objective of the project is to future-proof Aberavon’s iconic seafront promenade. Works involve enhancing and repairing the current structure to decrease vulnerability in the future from storm events.

The popular promenade is protected by a concrete sea wall constructed in the middle of the 20th century and stretches 2.1km. The work to enhance the structure consists of concrete repairs to the existing walls and protecting the toe from beach draw-down. Over 30,000 tonnes of rock armour has been imported, which has been placed at the toe of the sea wall to prevent lowering beach levels from undermining the structure. It will also include improving access provisions, incorporating a new access ramp at the Western end of the promenade, near the Scarlet Avenue Car Park.

Who’s involved

Aberavon SeafrontJBA are supporting Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council in the delivery of the project. Knights Brown began construction on the scheme in November 2019 and anticipate it will take around 8 months to complete, ready in time for summer 2020.

JBA’s involvement has spanned the appraisal, design and construction phases with many employees from JBA involved across lots of different areas. We are currently providing engineering and environmental support to the project through construction phase.

Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Street scene and Engineering, Cllr Ted Latham quoted that:

“The overall objective of the project is to prevent flooding and damage to the coastal area behind the promenade securing existing infrastructure for future generations and encouraging future regeneration and community benefits in the area.”

17 October 2019, Neath Port Talbot Council

The Welsh Government’s Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths also spoke about the project:

“We are all aware of the challenges climate change will bring including the devastating impact of flooding and coastal erosion and I am pleased to announce over £2.7m to support this project to strengthen and repair the Aberavon Seafront Promenade. This is the first scheme to start construction as part of the Welsh Government’s ambitious Coastal Risk Management Programme (CRMP) which provides over £150m capital investment in coastal adaptation schemes, protecting over 18,000 homes and businesses across Wales” 

12 November 2019, Business News Wales

Want to know more?

To find out more information on the scheme please email our project lead Alexander Dane.

For more information on our coastal engineering services visit our web pages.

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