Felixstowe, on the Suffolk coast, is at risk of flooding during times of high surge tides. Existing coastal defences were nearing the end of their useful life, with many of the groynes no longer effective at retaining the sand on the beach. This led to lowering of the beach and undermining of the seawall. Improved coastal defences were urgently needed.
The Environment Agency, in partnership with Suffolk Coastal District Council, awarded the Felixstowe Coastal Defences project to Black & Veatch for detailed design and site supervision work.
At risk was a high-density urban area consisting of 960 residential properties, 428 nonresidential properties and the tourist frontage to the town. The Port of Felixstowe is the largest and busiest container port in the UK.