Southend-On-Sea has seven miles of coastline, a stunning seafront and cliffs that attracts 6.4 million tourists every year. In 2013, a period of extreme rainfall caused damage to the cliff face and several public footways. Over time, this led to dangerous cliff slippage on the banks and around a large, historic sun shelter visited by many tourists.
The Council needed to find a permanent engineering and drainage solution for the cliff slippage, and install a set of pre-cast steps cut into the bank. The project presented many operational and logistical challenges including; physical and time restricted site access as the restaurant next to the site was open 6 days a week, pre-planning and managing staggered work schedules in addition to heavy 3rd party co-ordination. Unexpected mechanical engineering challenges meant project delays 24 weeks after starting
Client Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Date December 2014 – August 2015 Duration 9 months Value £1.15 million
Removal of 6,400 tonnes of slipped material
Installation of 69 x 450mm temporary piles
Construction of 75m of new reinforced retaining walls
Importing of 5,000 tonnes of granular infill
Installation of precast cascade steps and a bespoke hand rail
Construction of 340m² of new footway on the cliff face
Multi-skilled teams redeployed to 2 live projects during down times
Support with 3rd party coordination
Marlborough came up with a practical, innovative design solution to accommodate the challenging site conditions and working environment.
“Once the cliff stabilisation project got underway there were a few unexpected challenges that required revisiting structural plans, coordinating material sourcing, supply and fit very quickly. Our Project Manager, took a proactive lead, improvised and didn’t sit back.” Richard Atkins, Sea Defence Engineer, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
“One of the things I value most is their very collaborative and transparent team culture. It makes a big difference to have a contractor who wants to work closely with us and is supportive and responsive. With Marlborough, I get a team who are attentive, work collaboratively and honestly with me and don’t lose focus on delivering first class communications and compliance.”
Carly Norris, Project Manager Operations, London Borough of Hackney
“We saw huge benefits in appointing Marlborough as our full service contractor and we’re impressed – they’ve delivered consistent high quality service and superior quality control across every project. Marlborough, provide us with a ‘one-stop’ shop solution – we get the same quality of service and better control across all aspects of the project.”
Darren Bryant, Principal Engineer, London Borough of Enfield
“Over the last 25 years, I’ve worked with a lot of different contractors and Marlborough is one of the few companies that are passionate about delivery. With Marlborough we get one team, with the perfect blend of skills and experience: established gangs, proactive Project Managers and fully engaged Operations and Senior Directors. Time after time, Marlborough has proved themselves to us and pulled out all the stops to get the job done."
Rob Wybrow Construction Manager, Be First on behalf of Barking and Dagenham Council
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