Blackpool Council is two-thirds of the way through a 20-year programme of repair to its sea defences. Sections to the north and south have previously been completed by Birse Civils Ltd and work has now begun on the £66.4m Blackpool Central Area.
This section, which runs some 3.5km from the Sandcastle Amusement Park in the south, past all three of Blackpool’s piers to the Grand Metropole Hotel in the north, is the longest of the coastal defence schemes. The 4-year construction project which lies in the heart of the tourist area, is also the most complex section. In addition to protecting more than 1500 homes and businesses from coastal erosion and flooding, the new defences will create 5 hectares of open space, five new ‘headlands’, better access to the beach and improved, high quality promenade enhancements.
This was a joint project between Blackpool Borough Council, Birse Construction, SLP Engineering and m-tec.
m-tec was commissioned to undertake the major metal fabrication of the special moulds used to form the unique concrete sections of the Sea Wall Defence Programme.
Over 100 specially fabricated moulds have been produced in varying shapes and levels of complexity to form the new promenade. The 4-year installation project forms a major element of the regeneration of Blackpool and will be one of the largest programmes of its kind. m-tec’s investment in laser cutting, computerised bending and folding technology and the latest software, ensured the project would be delivered to schedule.