What is the Margate flood and coastal protection scheme ?

Major construction work on a landmark scheme to protect Margate from flooding in the future is now complete.

This scheme has been developed and designed to provide protection for Margate, which is at risk from flooding from the sea.

The first phase of work was completed in April 2011 and was carried out from the Harbour Slipway to the Rendezvous.  Construction work for the second and final phase of this scheme began in November 2011 and was completed in Spring 2013.

As part of this second phase, the scheme involved major construction work to four sections along Margate seafront:

  1. Strengthening of the Stone Pier
  2. Sea wall reconstruction of the South sea wall (Marine Drive)
  3. New stepped structure from the beach to the promenade
  4. Sea wall reconstruction of the North sea wall (The Parade)
  5. New hydraulic floodgate and 7 manual floodgates

The completed scheme will have a life of at least 50 years and will provide much better flood protection to the properties on Marine Drive and in the Old Town area.  The scheme will also improve the quality and amenity value of the public space on the seafront.

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The scheme cost approximately £5.2 million and was delivered almost £1 million under budget. These savings have meant that additional work to improve the seafront will be carried out, including refurbishment of the Marine Pool on Margate Sands.