Balfour wins £97m coastal defence brace in Wales


Balfour Beatty will deliver two coastal defence schemes in Wales valued at £97 million. 

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by Rory ButlerMarch 13, 2023

The firm was appointed to both projects by Denbighshire County Council, via the SCAPE Civil Engineering framework. 

Central Rhyl Coastal Defence  

Balfour will replace more than 600m of sea wall and construct a new rock defence in Rhyl. 

Central Prestatyn Coastal Defence  

This will see the firm build an erosion embankment spanning 1,600m along the coastline in Prestatyn. 

Both schemes, valued at £69 million and £28 million respectively, will protect more than 2,500 homes and businesses and the tourist economy in Denbighshire from flooding and coastal erosion. 

Rhyl saw devastating floods in 2015.  


40% of Balfour’s workforce will be from the local and surrounding area, including 22 apprenticeship, graduate and trainee positions.  

“We are delighted to continue our relationship with Denbighshire County Council following the successful completion of the East Rhyl Coastal Defence scheme last year,” said Peter Mumford, managing director of Balfour’s UK construction regional civils business. 

Works on both schemes are due to start this month, with completion of the Rhyl scheme expected in 2025 and Prestatyn the following year.  

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