The Environment Agency has awarded the contract to build its £8.4 million tidal defence scheme at Shaldon and Ringmore to Interserve Plc.
Construction will start during January and February to provide flood protection to the homes and businesses of the village.
‘We identified the tidal flood risk at Shaldon and Ringmore and have worked closely with the local community to explain the effect an extreme flood would have on the village,’ said Gordon Trapmore, Environment Agency Devon and Cornwall area flood risk manager.
‘Now our team can move forward with the construction of these important defences.’
The scheme, designed by consultants Atkins Global and Peter Brett Associates, will include:
· Raising 940 metres of existing foreshore walls;
· Rebuilding 340 metres of existing foreshore walls
· Building a new 130 metre long wall at Shaldon Beach and
· Installing eight floodgates plus steps and ramps at specific locations.
Funding for the Shaldon and Ringmore tidal defences was provided by Defra with approval for the scheme to proceed given by the South West Regional Flood Defence Committee.
(from a press release)