Lyme’s new seawall nominated for ‘Project of the Decade’

Ground Engineering AwardsGROUND engineering works that included a new seawall and protected almost 500 homes in Lyme Regis from landslides have been nominated for a ‘Project of the Decade’ award.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Ground Engineering Awards, a major project award winner from each year has been put forward for ‘Project of the Decade’ with the public able to vote for their winner.

Phase IV of the coastal protection works at east cliff in Lyme Regis is among the nominees, having previously won an award in 2016.

Work undertaken by West Dorset District Council, CH2M, Balfour Beatty Construction Services and Aecom to stabilise the landslide east of the town, within an Unesco World Heritage Site, was the biggest project of its kind.

The £6.5million geotechnical works included construction of a new seawall and major slope stabilisation using 2,500 soil nails, a 27-metre deep anchored piled wall with anchors up to 46-metres long, dowel piles extending to 12 metres, and groundwater drainage to protect 480 homes on the eastern side of the town.

The ‘Project of the Decade’ award is being sponsored by Keltbray Piling and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on June 6th 2018.

“The winner of this award will be decided by a public vote through the GE website which is open to everyone,” said GE editor Claire Smith.

“The project shortlisted show the range and breadth of challenges the ground engineering industry works on with projects ranging from the Queensferry Crossing and Hindhead Tunnel through to landslide remediation in Lyme Regis and stabilisation of Thrandeston Bog for Network Rail in Norfolk.

“I hope that people working in the ground engineering industry will use the shortlisted projects as inspiration to go out and talk to clients, colleague, family, friends, community groups and schools about the range of work this industry delivers – and ask them all to vote too.”

The Ground Engineering Awards celebrate the very best in geotechnical engineering, attracting the biggest names in the industry, from the UK and around the world.

To find out more about the Ground Engineering Awards and all the nominees, visit and to vote for the ‘Project of the Decade’ winner, visit

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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