The storms of winter 2013/14 caused a significant loss of sand along this frontage
and work was prioritised to ensure the beach was wide enough to protect properties
and infrastructure against further winter storms.
The original project involved pumping approximately 40,000 cubic metres of sand onto
a 700m stretch of beach at Shore Road; further funding was awarded about halfway
into the project securing further replenishment of beaches towards Branksome beach.
Contractors worked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to complete the project before Christmas.
Initially £750,000 of Government funding was awarded to carry out replenishment work
at Shore Road. A further £1.2 million was granted in November for further works;
by carrying out these further works with the dredger, pipeline and heavy plant already
in place is estimated to represent a saving of around £300,000.
The dredge area (shown in yellow). The Swash Channel is dredged as part of Poole
Harbour Commissioners ongoing maintenance
Works were completed on 16th December with the area of replenished beach stretching
from Sandbanks rock groyne to the end of the beach huts at Canford Cliffs. The project
delivered a total of 139,000 cu.m. of sand over a period of 28 days. Four days were
lost to the weather, and two to a mechanical problem.
The beaches were clear of pipes and machinery by 15th January 2015.
We would like to thank everyone who has visited the beach during this project - for
your understanding and patience when we have had to close sections of the beach for
We would also like to thank the many, many people who have taken an interest in the
works, have stopped on the beach to ask us questions about the project, or have viewed