This weeks updates:

30/06/2014 The Environment Agency have released their latest update for the development work at Medmerry and are pleased to report that contractors have been on site since early May and landscaping and access works are progressing well and plans on having most of the work completed by August with some landscaping work and planting being completed in the autumn.

Please note that parts of the site are still hazardous and the Environment Agency advises that you do not attempt to cross the breach due to deep and fast flowing water, there is no access to the intertidal areas, the area, as well as being a haven for wildlife, has very soft ground and there is a risk of entrapment and stranding. If you walk on shingle bank between the two rock ends please check tide times and be award that conditions are constantly changing.

Please do not pick up any unidentified objects on the beach, be aware that a number of pieces of unexploded ordnance have been detonated this year by the arty bomb disposal team, if you see any suspicious objects please inform the coastguard on 999.

16/06/2014 The beach recharge is now complete, check out this wonderful footage of the Sospan Dau. Click Here

30/05/2014 The beach recharge is commencing next week. The profile of the beach is developing exactly as anticipated and the scheme has performed well through the worst storms and certainly the most persistent in recent times. It is important to note that the beach will always require work.

This June we will see the final load of shingle, which was due in October last year but was hampered by weather. The Sospan Dau is planned to deliver shingle in 30 loads starting next week, working with the tides.

We will also take the opportunity to tidy and re-profile the beach. Many will have seen how the height of the shingle has grown by nearly 6ft at Toe End, and we will re-level and take the excess material to the eastern end near the windmill breakwater, this process is likely to take a couple of weeks, the beach will not be closed however areas will be fenced off while work takes place. The beach will then be in tip top condition for all to enjoy the summer.

20/09/2013 The seawall is now breached and the nature reserve is now taking the tidal waters. Click here to see the latest pictures.

11/09/2013 The Environment Agency are currently breaching the seawall to create an intertidal area with The Medmerry Realignment Scheme. This will cause some public footpaths and rights of way to be closed some footpaths will be permanently re-routed behind the new flood bank. For more information please visit the Environment Agency website here.

08/07/2013 - The most recent Medmerry Construction update reports that the current work is on schedule and all defences are to be complete by the autumn. The flood bank adjacent to West Sands is now 90% complete, the section of flood bank from the beach at the west rock end, heading northwards to the Easton Rife is also 90% complete, all outfall structures are complete and the 1.7km Earnley diversion channel is 80% complete.

The breach work is expected to start at the end of August, the exact timings are unknown due to seas conditions and the current work progress, and the breached area will be not be safe to visit during this period.

22/05/2013 - 11,000 cubic metres of sand and shingle mix have now been added to the beach and the machining and profiling has been completed ready for the summer and there are no more scheduled deliveries until late autumn... All we need now is a few months of blue sky and sun!

08/05/13 - 10 more loads of shingle are being sprayed onto the beach over the next 7 days as part of the planned top up.

22/02/13 - The Environment Agency have been moving shingle from the Witterings to the edge of the Bunn Leisure boundary and blading the edges to neaten things up.

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About our
beautiful beach

About our beautiful beach

The Scheme

The Bunn Leisure coastal protection scheme at West Sands was the first privately-funded coastal protection project of its kind and size ever undertaken in the UK.

It was contracted to Westminster Dredging and Dean & Dyball in a joint venture partnership. There are two main parts to the Bunn Leisure Scheme.

Firstly two offshore breakwaters, each with a two-acre footprint (the size of two football pitches) stretch 180 metres out to the sea at either end of the holiday park. The beach was built up between the two breakwaters, which are 610 metres apart.

To carry out the work, 93,000 tonnes of granite rocks were brought by ship from the Larvik Quarry in Norway.

The core of the breakwaters are built from 0.3 to one tonne rocks, while the outer or 'armour 'layer is built from six to 10-tonne rocks.

All of the deliveries of rock were from the sea avoiding the need for disruptive traffic movements through Selsey or the holiday villages. The ship will made five return trips to Norway.

The rock, which is incredibly dense so will able to withstand erosion, will vary in colour from light to dark grey and will blend naturally into the seascape.

Over a period from April to June 2012 the barge transported the rocks to stockpile locations on the beach at high waters, outside the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) area.

Both breakwaters were constructed in tandem with a dedicated working team for each. The contractor places rocks over six-hour periods around low tide and delivering the rocks at high tide.

In the final stages, the beach was restored and enlarged with half a million tonnes of sand and shingle. The result is a stunning shingle beach between 25 and 100m deep leading down to the sea - the perfect holiday playground.

This process was called 'shingle beach recharge', over 115 vessel trips each bringing 3,000m3 of sand and gravel, pumped through a pipe leading from the dredger to the beach. Each discharge lasted for 1.5 to 2 hours.

The sand and shingle was then profiled by bulldozers to form the beach.

Now complete

There is a wider, better beach for visitors to enjoy which they can walk along at any tide. The beach is  25m at its crest sloping gently down to the sea for as much as 100m.

The beach is shingle and sand rather than pebble and stone.

The breakwaters stretching out to sea are becoming nature havens, where birds roost and feed. Over time the grey rocks exposed at low tide have become covered by seaweed and algae, giving them a green/brown colour inkeeping with the seascape.

The work not only protects the future of Bunn Leisure and hundreds of holiday homes for their owners - but has safeguarded 700 jobs for local people employed by the holiday park.

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Medmerry Realignment images 

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