Working in the wet - Christchurch Beach recycling 2015, Poole

20 October, 2016 | 18:00 - 20:00

Find out how the council plans to refresh Christchurch beach.
Find out how the council plans to refresh Christchurch beach.

About this event

Christchurch beaches suffered a significant loss of material during the winter storms 2013/14, resulting in considerable damage and additional risk to the existing coastal defences. The aim of this project was to replenish the beaches to pre- winter 2013 levels, following repairs to the hard defences.

The main requirement was to dredge and pump ashore 25000 cubic metres of sand/shingle, transport and spread along several beaches on the Christchurch coastal frontage. The ebb-tide delta, located just off-shore, provided a natural sediment store which had to be won with due regard for the local environment and restrictions. The challenge was to complete the contract before the school summer holiday period commenced.


Steve Woolard

Steve has been employed with Christchurch & East Dorset Council for 30 years, and is a qualified T.Eng M.I.C.E with 40 years' experience in local government. He started out as a Technical Draughtsman with the old Wye River Authority in Hereford before moving on to North Norfolk District Council, York City Council and finally, Christchurch.

Steve has a vast experience of flood and coast protection knowledge having worked on a variety of projects including beach management schemes, quay reconstruction, flood alleviation works and strategical operations. He regularly represents Christchurch at SCOPAC and sits on the Southern Coastal Officer Group.

John Canning

John is a chartered civil engineer with a wide range of construction experience in river and coastal defence, flood alleviation, and port & harbour related schemes. For most of his career, which spans five decades, he has filled senior project management roles for various national contractors, starting with Costain. In later years, having been involved with the reconstruction of Bournemouth Pier, he and his family decided to settle down on the south coast and he took up the opportunity for a business development role in regional contracting but still with the emphasis on coastal & marine works.