• Client:
    Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
  • Location:
    Skinningrove
  • Contract Value:
    £3,228,209

Skinningrove Coastal Defence, Skinningrove

The project comprised of coastal protection works being carried out which included rock armour protection, repairs to Skinningrove jetty and associated works in a tidal environment.

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council had identified that the village of Skinningrove was at risk of flooding due to the continuing deterioration of the existing defenses.

Following reports and initial studies undertaken between 1997 and 2013 it was determined that significant works would be required to maintain the current levels of protection.  Due to the significant risk of future flooding funding was secured from the Environment Agency to complete the necessary improvement works.

The scheme comprised the construction of over 22,000m3 of new rock revetment; the relocation of 2,300m3 of existing revetment together with 800m3 of concrete repairs to the existing jetty structure.

Specific elements of the works comprised:

  • New Rock Revetment to the West of the existing concrete Jetty
  • Concrete repairs to the existing jetty
  • Increasing the height of the existing Cleveland Way revetment
  • Removal of the existing Fish Tail Groin
  • Improvements to the Eastern Sea Wall

Lumsden & Carroll were appointed as Principal Contractor to complete the works following a competitive tender process via the NEPO Portal.  Following the award of contract it was discovered that the quantity of rock required to complete the works was significantly greater than expected which would put the project at significant financial risk.  Lumsden & Carroll worked closely with Client, Lead Designer and sub-consultants to examine revised revetment profiles to allow the works to be delivered to both design parameters and budgets.  Adjustments were required to the profile of the Jetty revetment, rock sizing and alignments of the Cleveland Way.

Revetment materials were imported from Norwegian quarries and transported by sea directly to Skinningrove.  Material was transshipped using barges depositing material directly to the beach at high tide for clearance and placement within the works during low tide.

Value Engineering

Following the award of contract it was discovered that the quantity of rock required to complete the works was significantly greater than expected which would put the project at significant financial risk.  Lumsden & Carroll worked closely with Client, Lead Designer and sub-consultants to examine revised revetment profiles to allow the works to be delivered to both design parameters and budgets. Adjustments were required to the profile of the Jetty revetment, rock sizing and alignments of the Cleveland Way.

Public and Stakeholder Liaison

Continual communication with the local community was maintained by public meetings and direct liaison with Ward Councilors. We established a close working relationship with the local community and Fisherman through open door contact and involvement with local community projects.

During the works we reinforced and existing river bank by the construction of a new Gabion retaining wall, repainted an existing ornamental fishing boat, created a new rock garden within an existing park and helped landscape a recently demolished building.

Challenges Overcome

Access to the work site was through a small fishing village with narrow roads and tight bends.  The management of plant deliveries was executed via communicating with residents along the transport routes, by door knocking, to reduce the number of vehicles parked on the street. We selected low loaders with increased manoeuvrability via independent rear steering axles. The most significant challenge remained the sea conditions which were overcome by good planning and maximising the use of low tides.

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