Littlehampton’s East Bank Flood Defence scheme & Riverside Walkway was completed in April 2015, having been a major development for the town that offers spectacular waterfront walks along the Arun. The project. The scheme was initially developed with Government funding to upgrade flood defences – between the mouth of the harbour and upstream of the A259 bridge – to significantly reduce tidal flood risk over the next 100 years that was turned into a featural walkway that has become a very popular destination and pedestrian route for access to the beach.
Stretching from the mouth of the river – northwards 800m (0.5mi) to the Harbour Office – the walkway has enhanced the waterfront experience and strengthened the connection between town centre and beach whilst providing essential tidal protection to more than 1,900 residential and over 500 commercial properties.
The project has a stunning public realm finish – the works of LDA Design – complete with new lighting, seating and bins, improved railings, planting and high-quality surfaces to enhance the beautiful setting. The works cost in the region of £22m and was co-ordinated by Environment Agency in partnership with Arun District Council.