Network Rail awards contract to BAM Nuttall for Dawlish sea wall in UK

WCN Editorial Team 14 May 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Network Rail has awarded a contract to BAM Nuttall to deliver the first phase of the Dawlish sea wall, to provide better protection for the railway and homes behind it.

Following the completion of detailed studies, designs and collaborations between marine, coastal and railway engineering experts, BAM Nuttall plans to commence work at Dawlish sea wall at the end of May.

Network Rail said that the upgrade will take approximately nine months to complete. The work, however, will be stopped to reduce disruption on tourism in the area during the peak summer season.

The new sea wall is expected to provide protection to the railway and the town from extreme weather, waves and predicted rising sea levels, for the next 100 years.

Network Rail Dawlish sea wall project senior program manager David Lovell said: "Our plans have been drawn up by world leading engineers and it will provide greater protection to the railway and town from rising sea levels and extreme weather.

"Together with BAM Nuttall we will continue to update the community with how our work is progressing."

The design of the new sea wall will prevent stormy conditions from damaging the railway at Dawlish, where the tracks and station are regularly damaged by flooding due to high waves and strong winds.

The local community is also expected to benefit from a wider, safer promenade, which retains the views of the coast.

BAM Nuttall rail divisional director Huw Jones said: “We have a long association working at Dawlish, and successfully delivered emergency recovery of the railway during 2014.

"We’re proud to have been awarded this project to help secure this vital piece of the UK railway, for the community to rely on, over many years to come."

Plans for the new, higher sea wall at Dawlish in Devon have been developed in partnership with engineering services firm Arup.

Image: Rendering of sea wall at Dawlish. Photo: courtesy of Network Rail.

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