Runswick Bay scheme wins Innovation Award

We’re immensely proud to announce that Runswick Bay coastal defence scheme has scooped the top award for Innovation at the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2019 (CEYH2019).

Congratulations to our colleagues in the Coastal and Environment Teams who were involved in the Runswick Bay coastal defence scheme, working on behalf of Scarborough Borough Council and Esh Construction Ltd.

“The CEYH Awards recognise the very best companies, collaborations and projects sharing best practice and inspiring others to adopt new and better ways of working that deliver outstanding results.” CEYH 2019

As winner of the Innovation Award CEYH2019, Runswick Bay coastal defence scheme will now go forward to represent the Yorkshire and Humber region at the National Constructing Excellence 2019 Awards in London in November.

Best of luck at the National Awards!


Runswick Bay coastal defence scheme uses innovative techniques for ecological enhancement and habitat creation, as part of coastal protection to reduce the risk of wave overtopping, sea wall deterioration, coastal erosion and flooding to Runswick Bay village. By placing 9,500 tonnes of high-density granite armour stone in front of an existing concrete sea wall for coastal protection, and incorporating seed boulders and rock pools to encourage marine invertebrates to colonise this intertidal zone, the scheme has created:

  • More than 100 rock pools with another 20 pools created by the considerate placing of boulders to allow intertidal organisms to colonise.
  • Scratch grooves in the granite to ensure textured areas for small crustaceans, with over 130 groove sections cut into the armour stone.

This innovative approach to habitat creation is the largest of its type in the UK and is based on scientific trials undertaken in collaboration with Hull University.


Want to know more?

Email Dorian Latham for more information about Runswick Bay coastal defence scheme. You can also find out more by visiting our Coastal Engineering and Environmental Impact Assessment webpages.



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