Digital Book of Landscapes 2020


Fairhaven promenade

Justyna Grabowska - Katy Cardwell
Design team

Atkins have designed an understated but elegant solution enhancing an important estuarine location, which not only protects thousands of properties but provides a stunning new place to exercise and enjoy the spectacular estuarine scenery.

This £21.8m contract upgraded the current concrete defences from Fairhaven to Church Scar near Lytham St Anne`s in Lancashire, which was originally built in the 1890`s and has recently fallen into poor condition requiring regular emergency repairs to prevent any major breaches of the defences.

The scheme was funded by the Environment Agency as part of a Shoreline Management Plan to protect headlands in the North West and Wales part of the UKs climate resilience. The scheme replaces coastal defences and provides 2.5km of upgraded promenade and public realm with a major new revetment, prom surfacing, lighting, balustrading and seating to cater for the thousands of visitors and local residents who enjoy the space. With a design which was inspired by the simple clean horizontal lines of the bay this important project was completed in July 2020 and will defend 2,425 properties from flooding and erosion.

“What we see along the shoreline today is beyond my wildest dreams”

Council-appointed Representative for the Fairhaven and Church Scar Sea Defence Project