Posted on October 11, 2023
10 October 2023 – BAM has been appointed by Ceredigion County Council to deliver a coastal defence scheme on the Welsh coast, to protect the seaside town of Aberaeron. The scheme will protect the town and the surrounding coastline from rising sea levels, preventing flooding and coastal erosion.
Aberaeron is exposed to a wide range of wave conditions with storm waves entering through the harbour entrance causing overtopping of the harbour walls.
Work will involve the construction of flood walls, a new rock breakwater, refurbishment of the South Pier, installation of a new flood gate and improvements to existing coastal defences.
Ian Hubbard, BAM Regional Director for Southern England and Wales, said: ‘We are already seeing the impact of climate change in the UK on rising sea levels. Our work in Aberaeron will help to protect the local community for decades to come. As we start these vital works, we will work in partnership with the local community and businesses. We will focus on minimising disruption and having a positive impact on the local community, by creating jobs and opportunities for local people.’
Councillor Keith Henson, Cabinet Member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services and Carbon Management, said: ‘The rising sea levels and storms pose a serious threat to our seaside town of Aberaeron. Implementing this scheme will improve the level of protection afforded to the many businesses and homes in the town and will preserve the unique and historical character of the area for future generations.’
In 2009 BAM successfully delivered coastal flood defence works at the town’s North Beach, including a raised sea wall, beach nourishment and shore control structures, protecting the north-western part of the town.
BAM has delivered a number coastal defences along this portion of the Welsh coast, completing the Aberaeron North Beach works in 2009 and the first two phases of the Borth to Ynyslas Coastal Defence Scheme in 2012 and 2015.