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Located between Camber Sands and Jury’s Gap, the £30 million Broomhill Sands coastal defence scheme is part of the Folkestone to Cliff End Strategy. Once complete, it will reduce flood risk for 14,500 homes, numerous businesses, a nuclear power station, significant areas of designated habitat and 2 Ministry of Defence firing ranges.
The Broomhill Sands coastal defence scheme will directly protect approximately 1,300 homes and over 100 businesses. It will increase the standard of protection from coastal flooding to the area from 1 in 20 years to 1 in 200 years, taking into account predicted sea level rises. The scheme will cover the 2.4 kilometres of beach from The Suttons, Camber to the western boundary of Lydd Ranges, and includes:
- installation of a new rock revetment
- construction of a new wave wall
- increasing the amount of shingle on the beach
- replacing a number of the timber groynes
- construction of improved access steps.
Sections of the beach at Broomhill remain open during construction works. Please see the image below for more details.
Further details of areas open to the public can be found on notice boards in the car park. For your safety, please stay within the marked zones whilst visiting the beach.
Current works include:
- timber step placements
- shingle recharge
- rock placement
- concrete wave wall
- construction of the car park section of the promenade
- construction of the “Suttons” ramp from the road to the promenade.
Information for Kitesurfers
Broomhill Sands Kitesurf Centre is working with the Environment Agency’s construction team to ensure that kitesurfing remains safe during the construction of the new defences.
There may be partially submerged piles of rock on the foreshore.
Please visit the kitesurf centre to receive some safety training before launching your kite. You can find out more information on the safety induction from the Kitesurf centre on Facebook, where there are also discussions you can join in.
Photographs of the work
Photographs of the work can be found on our Flickr album.
- Delivery of plant and cabins to Jury’s Gap depot
- First barge of rock arrives from Norway, carrying 24,000 tonnes of rock
- Rock offloaded to beach using smaller barge, carrying up to 2,000 tonnes at each high tide and recover rock at low tide
- Excavations and rock placement starts on the first 200 metres of the scheme, starting at the end nearest the Lydd Ranges
- Construction of concrete wave wall begins behind new rock structure
- Construction of new timber groynes begins at The Suttons
- Rock deliveries continued when winter weather allowed, with the team employing the coaster vessel M/V Liamare to support the larger Stema II rock barge
- Promenade work continues
- Promenade work continues with surfacing and pre-cast units making good progress
- Ramps and steps onto the beach start to take shape with piling activities providing the solid foundations for these
- Shingle works begin at the Suttons with grading and placing of beach material
- Rock works continue
- Rock placement completes
- Groyne piling completes
- Art work finalised
- Timber steps to be completed
- Wave wall to be completed
- Work complete
For more information, please contact Sam Gawad at the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 or email: BroomhillSands@environment-agency.gov.uk.
You can also follow the progress of the scheme on Twitter (@EnvAgencySE).