Medbury West Sussex
Here is the biggest sea defence scheme to protect land from flooding, it cost 28 million pounds and took two years to build. 7 km of walls have been built to protect 350 properties two holiday parks and a water treatment facility, it also provides 180 hectares for birds and protected species.
The scheme is soft engineering, it was a managed retreat scheme that will act as flood defences, because the saturated ground will take the power out of the waves before they hit the flood defences. There are flood defences behind this land they are quite high up and there are some rock walls. Previously water was breaching the top of the defences yearly. It covers 2 square miles 40,000 lorry loads of ground was excavated to create an earth bund that snakes from one side to the other, the 60,000 tonnes of rock was imported from Norway, 8 million pounds were spent buying the land and 20 million went on design and construction, the sight turned into a swamp from rainfall that postponed the project by 6 months. A caravan park was not pleased because the new project would leave som of the park un-protected, they had to build there own defence.