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Guide Sidmouth Beach Management Plan: Frequently Asked Questions

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21. Who are CH2M and Royal Haskoning DHV?

CH2M is an international firm of consultants with a local office in Exeter. Previously known as Halcrow Group Ltd, the company has decades of coastal management and coastal engineering experience in the UK including along the East Devon Coastline. Among other things, CH2M produced the Shoreline Management Plan for the area and Beach Management Plans for Exmouth, Lyme Regis, West Bay, Burton Bradstock and Chesil Beach at Portland. CH2M was also the lead author of the CIRIA Beach Management Manual, which is an international manual of best practice for all aspects of beach management and is the basis for BMPs throughout the UK. CH2M was tasked with producing the Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan.

Royal Haskoning DHV were appointed as consultants on the Sidmouth and East Beach Management Scheme to help drive the preferred option forward. Their role is to refine the preferred option and help the project become reality. Royal Haskoning DHV is an independent, international engineering and project management consultancy with more than 137 years of experience. Backed by the expertise of more than 6,000 colleagues all over the world, they combine global expertise with local knowledge.

Royal HaskoningDHV have a strong track record of coastal management in the United Kingdom. This is reflected in their role in the review of the Shoreline Management Plans, while maintaining the underlying principle that the plans need to reflect the individuality of our coastlines.

A small selection of their projects ongoing in the South West include:

  1. Detailed design of the £100m Southsea coastal scheme. The aim of this project is to create new defences that embrace everything we all love about the seafront. The work will improve the seafront for future generations and stimulate regeneration, while protecting the community and preserving the area’s unique heritage.


  1. Detailed design of the Exmouth Tidal Defence Scheme, a £12 million scheme to improve flood defences in Exmouth. The scheme is being promoted by the Environment Agency in partnership with East Devon      District Council, which will reduce the risk of tidal flooding to over 1,400      residential and 400 commercial properties. 


  1. Phase 3 of Mount's Bay Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Strategy for Cornwall Council, working in partnership with the Environment Agency. The aim of the study is to develop an overarching plan setting out the strategic implementation and alignment of the various FCERM initiatives relevant for Mount’s Bay. As well as bringing all this information together into one place, the Strategy would also offer the opportunity to identify efficiencies and synergies in timing and sequencing of construction works, community engagement, cumulative opportunities for improving both environment and the public realm, construction practice, materials sourcing and funding opportunities.