The main contractor Volker Stevin Ltd was chosen by the client Fife Council to redevlop the aging sea walls in Kirkcaldy.
The works include the following key activities:
- Lower sea wall repairs
- Construction of rock revetment
- Installation of pre-cast wall units
- Repairs to the stepped revetment
- Construction of access ramps and steps
- Refurbishment of promenade and viewing platforms
- Street furniture and lighting refurbishment
The wall was refurbished and heightened with precast units manufactured by Moore Concrete to help protect the promenade. The ability to resist freeze-thaw degeneration and chemical corrosion is critical to the success of precast concrete in marine environments. Throughout the manufacture of all 1,036 units, methodical tests on the fresh and hardened concrete certified a first-class level of quality and therefore design lifetime conformity to the required XS3 exposure class.
Completed in November 2014, and costing just over £9 million, the upgraded sea wall and refurbished promenade now provides resilient coast defence. In July 2015 Volker Stevin Ltd won the Integrated Transport Project of the Year at the Scottish Transport Awards. The area is now an shared space for locals and visitors with improved connections to the town centre and safer walking/cycling paths.