Happisburgh to Winterton Sea Defence Improvements

These works were to restore and maintain the current standard of coastal protection.

Final solution of the groynes and beach.
Final solution of the groynes and beach.
  • Updated: 25 July, 2016

These works were to restore and maintain the current standard of coastal protection. They protect internationally designated sites; fields and farms; 506 homes; many businesses and a thriving tourist industry.

The scheme included a full assessment of beach levels to provide protection to the concrete seawall, rebuilding of five failed timber and steel groynes, partial reconstruction of a further 12 groynes and construction of one entirely new groyne.

The team faced, and overcame, many challenges in delivering this project: approval; weather conditions; environmental considerations and unexploded bombs.

Beach lowering and failed groyne
Beach lowering and failed groyne
The problem - low beaches, exposure of clay layer and foundation to seawall
The problem - low beaches, exposure of clay layer and foundation to seawall
Left to right Andrew Rouse (Environment Agency) and Paul Mitchelmore (ICE East of England Regional Executive Board Chair)
Left to right Andrew Rouse (Environment Agency) and Paul Mitchelmore (ICE East of England Regional Executive Board Chair)

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