Coastal defence scheme to be officially launched by Minister28th Feb 2011

A multi-million pound coastal defence scheme completed by Jones Bros Civil Engineering and hailed as a ‘model in excellent community relations’ will be launched next week.

Welsh Assembly Minister Jane Davidson will officially launch the £7.6m Tywyn Coastal Defence Scheme at a ceremony on the Victorian promenade being held on March 24th.
The environmental project has succeeded in shoring up the sea defences in Tywyn, a town plagued by flooding for decades.

The scheme, which began last January and was substantially completed in the autumn, was highly praised by townsfolk as a model in excellent community relations. Local people praised the ‘professionalism’ and ‘expertise’ of Jones Bros who kept the local community fully informed every step of the way.

In fact, the project was so well received that local people presented a thank you letter to the on-site Jones brothers team, signed by 300 people, in appreciation of their hard work and professionalism.

Huw Jones, Jones Bros Managing Director, said: “We are really pleased to have worked on such a prestigious scheme and are particularly proud of the positive relationship we forged with the people of Tywyn as the project progressed.

“We enabled them to get involved in some of the decisions that had to be made and they really embraced that and appreciated it.”

The coastal improvement work was necessary due to severe storms over the past 100 years causing damage to the sea defences along the coastal front at Tywyn on the west Wales coast of Cardigan Bay.

To prevent further erosion and damage to the town’s sea defences, Gwynedd Council appointed Jones Bros to undertake the extensive coastal defence project to reduce overtopping and undermining of the seawall. Gwynedd Consultancy project managed the scheme, whilst the designer was Atkins.

The project also aimed to improve the beach facilities for townsfolk and tourists.
The scheme was funded by a combination of Welsh Assembly Government funding and ERDF (European Regional Development Funding) from Europe.