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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

recognise excellent

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

100 businesses.

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

industry itself.

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

innovative thinking.”


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.

Tony describes:

“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


For more information:

Kijlstra UK

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