Wates Residential to start work on flood defences project in UK

WCN Editorial Team 17 Apr 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based construction firm Wates Residential has been contracted by the Southern Housing Group to start work on flood defences along the river wall between the River Adur and Shoreham beach in the UK.

Wates said that the enabling works contract, worth £24m, is crucial in progress of a new waterfront development in Shoreham.

In addition, the contract comes after allocation of £10m by Homes England from its House and Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to facilitate the construction of new flood defences along the river Adur where the new homes are planned to be constructed.

The regeneration work on the river wall is expected to take approximately nine months to complete, followed by the work on the main programme to develop new waterfront homes targeted to start in early 2020.

Southern Housing Group development director Oliver Boundy said: “We are delighted to have begun work on the enabling phase of our 540 home Free Wharf development on the harbour at Shoreham-by-Sea.

“We have enjoyed a positive relationship and support from Adur and Worthing Council and Homes England and will continue to work closely with them through the construction phase alongside our contractor, Wates Residential. Southern Housing Group is proud to be playing its part in the provision of much needed new homes in this regeneration area.”

In June 2015, Southern Housing Group has acquired the site and secured the planning permission in June 2018.

The construction contract for the river wall enabling works has been awarded to Wates Residential following a competitive tender process.

Wates Residential managing director Paul Nicholls said: “Wates Residential is proud to have been selected by Southern Housing Group to help bring this exciting investment scheme forward. It will pave the way for much-needed new homes for local people in Shoreham and breathe new life into the waterfront for generations to come.

“It is our belief that everyone deserves a great place to live so we look forward to building on our excellent relationship with Southern Housing Group to help this become a reality for the residents of Shoreham.”

The construction firm said that the free wharf and the Shoreham harbour regeneration zone comes under the Greater Brighton economic area and are expected to meet the constant demand for housing from Brighton and Hove.

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Image: Wates Residential to increase flood defences along the river wall between the River Adur and Shoreham beach. Photo: Courtesy of Wates.

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