The successful completion of any BIM project is good to see. It has taken four years and a spend of £63 million to complete this major flood defence scheme. Thanks to significant collaboration between main contractor Balfour Beatty and its clients Wyre Council and the Environment Agency, we are delighted that the Rossall Coastal Defence Scheme has been officially declared finished. Sir James Bevan, the Chief Executive of the Environment Agency and Dean Banks, Balfour Beatty Chief Executive Officer for UK Construction Services, along with many local dignitaries, attended the opening ceremony on Friday 1 June 2018.
Sitedesk software was used on this extensive BIM project. It helped the contractor and client to capture, manage and collaborate around information, and visualise the scheme. It was part of a larger collaboration that also included Blackpool Council and Fylde Council. This is delivering more than 6km of coastal defences in all, along the coastline in North West England.
We are delighted to see it come to such a successful conclusion, and proud to have played a small part in its story.
♦ The Rossall scheme will protect more than 7500 homes along 2km of coastline.
♦ The wider project will protect an even greater 12000 properties along 6km of coastline.
♦ The scheme will help protect historic and natural environments that include several sites of special scientific interest.
♦ It has already proved its efficacy against storms such as Storm Eleanor in January 2018. Eleanor is just one of five named storms to hit the country so far this year.
♦ There are more than 1000 stepped concrete revetement units designed to break the waves. Each one is the weight of two double decker buses. There is 270,000 tonnes of rock concrete at their base.
This video from Wyre Council gives a great bird’s eye view of the BIM project in progress https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDAP2jDya3E
Read all about the use of Sitedesk on this BIM project on our Wyre Council case study page.
Discover lots more information on the launch of the scheme and how it complements the local landscape, on the Visit Fleetwood website.