Morecambe Wave Reflection Wall Replacement, is a £10m scheme on Morecambe seafront promoted by Lancaster City Council and delivered under the WEM framework by VBA, a joint venture comprising VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins (part of the SNC-Lavalin Group).

The existing wave reflection wall at Morecambe seafront was constructed in the early to mid 1980’s. Since its construction, the wall has been subject to damage due to Alkali Silica Reaction (ASR), causing it to crack and weaken and making it more susceptible to freeze-thaw action. A range of testing and structural analysis was carried out on the wall and a subsequent report in 2006 recommended replacing the wall.

The three phase project was awarded to VBA for design, securing approvals and construction. Phase 1 which replaced the wall 1.8km from Lord Street to Happy Mount Park, was completed on 8 May 2017. Phases 2 and 3 cover a further 2km of the seafront from the Midland Hotel to the southern end of Sandylands Promanade, at Oakley Road. The scheme ensures the continued protection of 13,000 properties.

As part of the site tour VBA will be including a visit to its nearby off-site manufacturing facility, VolkerBrooks. VolkerBrooks is a business division of VolkerStevin and is a specialist service provider to the civil engineering and maritime sectors. It has an extensive range of construction plant and equipment available; including Linkflote pontoons for hire and sale. VolkerBrooks also provides temporary site accommodation, timber formwork and bespoke precast concrete work.


Visitors will meet the team and have a site induction followed by a presentation on the project. They will then be taken on a tour of the Morecambe Wave Wall and VolkerBrooks site. Transportation between the two sites will be provided.

Address VBA Site Offices
Battery Breakwater Car park

*Limited parking available
Parking available no
Length of Visit 3 Hours
Maximum Group Size 11
Register by March 8, 2018
Disabled Access no
Child Restrictions yes

12 - 16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

All visitors must wear sturdy footwear e.g. walking boots.

Jenny Hayden

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