Prime Minister visits Clacton and Holland-on-Sea coast protection project7th Oct 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron has visited a coastal protection scheme at which Jones Bros is working as a sub-contractor for the groyne construction works.

The Prime Minister saw work carried out to date on the Clacton to Holland-on-Sea Coast Protection scheme, at which Jones Bros is constructing 23 rock groynes.

Jones Bros is operating as a sub-contractor to principle contractor for the works VBA Joint Venture. Tendring District Council is the client and contracting authority, with Essex County Council and the Environment Agency operating as funding partners. Mott MacDonald is the coastal protection scheme’s project manager.

The £36m coastal protection scheme requires approximately 300,000 tonnes of rock to construct the groynes and will protect more than 3,000 properties from sea erosion, with Jones Bros’ work scheduled to last until Autumn 2015.

Site engineer Elliot Bidmead was on hand to explain to the Prime Minister the work completed by Jones Bros so far.

Geraint Thomas, Jones Bros’ regional manager for the southern region, said: “It was great to welcome Mr Cameron to the site and show what’s been achieved so far.

“We’re working around the clock on shifts that fit in with the tide pattern, and it’s a challenging project working beneath the water to install the rock groynes.”

The project continues Jones Bros’ expertise in flood and coastal defence work. Jones Bros was awarded a Considerate Constructors National Site Award and the ICE Wales Outstanding Project of the Year Award for its work on the Tywyn Coastal Defence Scheme.

Founded in the 1950s, Jones Bros employs a total of 300 people. It operates across the UK in sectors including construction of waste management facilities, highways and renewable energy projects such as wind farms.