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Event Organiser: ICE

Explore Engineering: Milford-on-Sea

  • Lecture
  • Milford-on-Sea
  • 26 July 2018
  • 15:00 - 18:00
Explore Engineering: Milford-on-Sea

About this event

ICE is celebrating its 200th Anniversary throughout 2018 and this is one of many events talking to the public, as well as members, about the benefits civil engineering has given to society. Numbers for this walking tour are restricted and pre-booking is required please.

This walk gives the opportunity to see two separate projects that have reduced the risk of damage in Milford-on-Sea. Civil engineers who have been involved will talk about the details and, generally, how coastal and river works are planned, financed and constructed.

On Valentine's Day 2014 a severe depression coinciding with spring tides caused a severe storm in the English Channel. At Milford-on-Sea damage occurred to sea defences and beach huts. Following extensive consultation with residents and beach hut owners, the New Forest District Council (NFDC), together with their appointed design team of Ramboll UK and Snug Architects, devised a scheme to rebuild the sea-defences and beach huts. Total construction cost was £2.3m, funded by NFDC and beach hut owners. 119 huts were rebuilt with added improvements made to access and enabling best use to be made of the views across Christchurch Bay.

There will be an opportunity to talk to a representative of NFDC about the public consultation and construction of the scheme.

There is a long history of flooding in Milford-on-Sea from the Dane's stream and civil engineering works were constructed through the village. Following further flooding, a scheme was devised to construct a Flood Alleviation Dam upstream of the village, by the Downton Lane, to control the flow of the stream. This was built in 1998 and the scheme has operate4d on many occasions and no serious flooding has occurred from the stream since it has been in operation.

There will be an opportunity to talk to a representative of the Environment Agency about the history and operation of the scheme.

The walk is approximately 5½ miles but please note part of it is along some rough footpaths and along the cliff top.


For any further details about the walk itself, contact walk leader, Tim Kermode: [email protected]

You must pre-book your place(s), please email the names of all attending to Anne Qualters: [email protected]


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Event venue

The Beach Huts
Hurst Road West Car Park
Milford-on-Sea SO41 0PY
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Anne Qualters

e: [email protected]