Award Winning Project
The £30m Broomhill Sands Coastal Defence Scheme,
delivered by Mackley working as part of Team Van Oord,
has been named a winner in the 2016 Environment
Agency Project Excellence Awards.
Project Excellence Awards
project work undertaken by the Environment Agency
and its partners. Broomhill Sands has been named win-
ner of the ‘Innovation’ category.
For 2016 there were 60 individual projects entered
across the seven categories, making a total of 96 sub-
missions. A pre-selection panel shortlisted three projects
in each category for further judging.
Broomhill Sands was also shortlisted in two other
categories: ‘Programme and Project Delivery’ and
Located at Camber Sands in East Sussex, the Broomhill
Sands scheme provides improved protection from the
risk of flooding for around 1,400 homes and more than
The Broomhill Sands team led on a number of inno-
vations which are ‘firsts’ for the Environment Agency,
the UK and even in some instances for the construction
The scheme features groyne planks made from re-
cycled plastic and a long-term trial has been set up to
monitor the success of this. The use of recycled plastic
in this way has the potential to significantly reduce the
carbon footprint of sea defence projects.
There is currently no industry guidance relating to
the safety of the public and coastal rock armour struc-
tures. To address this, the Broomhill Sands team devel-
oped a technical specification that covers void ratio, rock
interlocking, panel densities and rock sizes. They also
developed the concept of a ‘welcoming void’ and created
pathways up from the beach in a bid to deter the public
from climbing onto the rock revetment.
The frontage at Broomhill Sands is one of the UK’s
most popular kite sports location. To manage the inter-
face between the kite surfers and the works, the project
team developed a safety system which is now considered
to be an example of international best practice.
Maurits den Broeder, Chairman of Team Van Oord,
“We are naturally very pleased and proud
to have won this award and I’d like to
congratulate everyone involved with
delivering this fantastic scheme.
“In making this award, the
Environment Agency has recognised the pro-
ject team’s outstanding efforts to break new
ground and pioneer new solutions.
“The Environment Agency itself also
deserves great credit for encouraging such
They are among the first Kijlstra units to be built in the
UK factory which only started production in January
Besides the wave wall, Kijlstra also supplied bespoke
units for the construction of a number of maintenance
access ramps at Broomhill Sands.
“Again, we built the top of the ramps insitu but
used Kijlstra precast units for the bottom. We
were working 3 m below tide level and using
precast concrete allowed us to work between
“We lifted the units into place during one
low tide, then came back the next day to grout
them in place. If we’d done it all insitu, we’d have
had to install cofferdams around the ramps and
that would have been very expensive and
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