Work progresses on sea defences

Galliford Try's two-year, £8m project to strengthen the coastal defences in west Rhyl, North wales, against the risk of flooding, is well underway.

Since being appointed in May, the contractor has driven 170m of steel sheet piles into the outer harbour and is undertaking test digs on the proposed line of further piling work before continuing. Work has started to weld the capping beam onto the lower level sheet piles in the outer harbour, the contractor said in its regular updates to Denbighshire County Council, the client.

Over the course of the scheme 70,000 tonnes of rock will be used to encase 800m of training wall along the River Clwyd in rock armour.

The local authority's studies for the work found that an estimated 2,100 residential and 500 commercial premises are at risk of flooding in west Rhyl.

The scheme is funded by the European Union's Convergence Fund, Welsh Assembly Government and Denbighsbire County Council.

Martin Wright Associates of Chester advises Denbighshire County Council.

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