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Balfour Beatty have completed the first whole section of sea defences, stretching from promenade to beach, at the £63 million Rossall project.

The work, which will involve all sea defences from Rossall Hospital to Rossall Point being replaced, will give protection from flooding to 7,500 homes in the area.

Two kilometres of defences are being replaced – the largest flood prevention scheme of its kind in the UK.

Balfour Beatty have used approximately 270,000 tonnes of rock armour to create the base of the sea defence and further manufactured precast concrete has formed a stepped revetment in order to protect the aforementioned homes from flooding.

The company’s Regional Managing Director of North and Midlands is Mark Farrah. He said: “This milestone marks a significant step in the development of the Rossall flood and coastal defence scheme.

“Once complete, together with the Anchorsholme coastal project, this will be the largest flood prevention scheme in the UK and will protect 12,500 residents from the risk of flooding.”

The project is now entering its final stages, with the sea defences expected to be completed in November.

Larkholme Grasslands – an ecology park – will also be created as part of the project and this will be completed next spring.