Hythe and Lydd Coastal Defence Schemes

We acted as scheme supervisors for two major projects that are part of the Folkestone to Cliff End strategy designed to protect homes, businesses, hundreds of hectares of farmland and a power station. The coastal defence works included the installation of numerous timber groynes, significant volumes of beach recharge and the placement of rock armour.


We were the ECC Construction Supervisor and Environmental Clerk of Works for the Environment Agency's Hythe and Lydd Coastal Defence Schemes. These historic sites hold a number of environmental designations and as such, it was critical that all work took into account these protected habitats.


The Hythe Range scheme involved the construction of timber groynes across a 1.6km length of coastline, the import of over 300,00m3 of new beach material and the construction of a new rock revetment to protect the Dymchurch Grand Redoubt historic structure.

As part of the project our team helped to develop the design for a number of environmental enhancement industry firsts. This included the creation of rock pools within the rock armour and the creation of biodiversity enhancements on the timber groynes.


The Hythe and Lydd Coastal Defence Schemes represent a significant step in delivering the Folkstone to Cliff End Strategy, which will protect over 14,500 homes, 700 businesses, hundreds of hectares of prime farmland, and a nuclear power station. In constructing a new rock revetment the Hythe Range scheme also provided protection to the Dymchurch Grand Redoubt a scheduled monument which was built during the Napoleonic War.

With work now complete in Hythe, the next phase of the project in Lydd will allow us to build on our experience and apply the knowledge gained throughout the project. Similar to Hythe, the Lydd scheme includes the installation of numerous timber groynes, significant volumes of beach recharge and the placement of rock armour. We will continue our role as scheme supervisors through to completion in 2023.

For a full overview of this project, click here to watch the Environment Agency's Hythe Ranges Sea Defence Scheme video.

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Email Graham Kenn for more information on the Hythe and Lydd Coastal Defence project. Further details of our expertise in this area can be found here.


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