Our local Fairhaven Sea Wall, known officially as the Fairhaven to Church Scar Coast Protection Scheme, has been announced as the 2021 winner of the prestigious Sustainability Award from the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE).
Whilst this has become one of our area’s favourite walks, sharing wonderful views, opportunities to see at first-hand a wide range of wildlife and the chance to admire and photograph lovely sunsets, the Protection Scheme was focused on protecting properties and infrastructure from coastal erosion and flooding threat. The ICE judges noted that during its construction a huge carbon saving was achieved, including 97% of the waste recycled or reused. The project also used 80% local labour as well as providing opportunities for apprentices and work experience. The judges concluded by saying, ‘A safe, easy access to the beach is now provided for all – an exemplary job.’