Dawlish Sea Wall

Dawlish Sea Wall

Main Contractor: Network Rail
Our Customer: Amco
Duration: 2014 – 2015
Man Hours: 309,270

During 4th & 5th February 2014, around 100 metres of sea wall was destroyed by storms causing a significant stretch of railway to collapse into the sea washing away a section of the sea wall, 80 metres of track, platforms at Dawlish Station and sections of the coastal path. 1st Step supplied a large volume of contingent labour to our customer, who were later named by the local community as the ‘Orange Army.’

The 300 strong army of Engineers battled over 2 months and overcame mother nature’s elements to repair a 100m breach at Riviera Terrace, Dawlish.

Our multi-disciplined teams were involved in the Installation of a temporary sea wall, rebuilt and fortifying the breach with more than 6,000 tonnes of concrete and 150 tonnes of steel, and removed 25,000 tonnes of collapsed cliff at Woodlands Avenue, Teignmouth, following a landslip.

They also repaired dozens of other sites along a four mile stretch of coastal railway, clearing hundreds of tonnes of debris and repairing over 600m of parapet wall whilst rebuilding half of Dawlish Station with a new platform and canopy, whilst installing over 13 miles of new cables, designing and installing a new temporary signalling system and replacing over 700m of track and ballast.

Our onsite Technical Business Manager was onsite weekly to assist in the co-ordination of contingent labour teams and managed the around the clock shift patterns to ensure the local community endured no more unnecessary upheaval as time and the elements were against the Orange Army.

“The re-opening was attended by Amco Managing Director Andries Liebenberg and, amongst others, The Prime Minister and The CEO of Network Rail, Mark Carne. Much has been reported by the media and written in the press about this ‘herculean’ effort by everybody involved – the ‘Orange Army’ supported by a robust supply chain.”

Ged McGuinness
Supply Chain Manager
Amalgamated Construction Ltd

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