The Cleveleys coastal defence scheme was completed in 2010 and replaced 1km of dilapidated coastal defences dating from the 1920’s.
The whole seafront has been redesigned with a split-level promenade for the public to enjoy including a waved revetment used for primary flood defence. The adjacent park was included in the improvements and a new leisure complex built behind the sea wall.
The main objective was flood risk management to protect the 8,700 properties and 219 industrial units to a one in 200 year standard to safe guard the town of Cleveleys from tidal flooding.
There have been a number of additional benefits from the works such as:
- an enhanced promenade to provide intrigue, education and participation
- enhancement of the tourism offer and spin off benefits for the retail and business community
- 150 jobs created during the construction phase
- joining the town with the beach, for solely functional purposes
- improved image of the town, improved public spaces and benefits to the local economy through tourism and local investment
- a sense of local community pride that has risen in the wake of the construction work
- regeneration and sustainability of Cleveleys
- an enhanced the visitor attraction of the 'shopping by the sea' culture by linking the high street offer to that of the promenade
The scheme was completed ahead of schedule and within original budgets. The initial efforts to test materials and invest in quality has certainly paid off with the scheme looking as good as new a decade on.