Rye Harbour

Western Training Wall

  • Client
    Environment Agency
  • Value
  • Duration
    12 months
Jackson won the Environment Agency's Efficiency Award for its work on this £9m scheme to re-build the harbour wall in Rye where through early engagement with the supply chain the team saved £970k on the project.
The Rye Harbour Western Training Wall plays a vital role, not only in keeping the River Rother open and supporting the multi-million pound economy that relies on Rye Harbour, but also by protecting the adjacent nature reserve.


An inspection of the wall revealed it was in a very poor state, so the decision was taken to fast-track the scheme. Due to the urgent nature of the works, the team devised a reduced project programme, which involved running the design and construction phases concurrently to save time.

Significant cost savings were also made on two main aspects of the project: the sheet piles, which accounted for almost a third of the entire project cost, and the haul road.

Sheet piles

An impressive 4,625 tonnes of sheet piles were required for this project and the team was able to negotiate a reduction with the Environment Agency’s sheet pile supplier, resulting in a saving of £500k. The piles were also sailed directly to Rye Harbour, greatly reducing vehicle movements in Rye and cutting carbon.

Access track

A temporary access track also had to be constructed along the length of the wall to provide a working platform for the construction plant.

By negotiating with the materials supplier, the team was able to hire 15,000 tonnes of type 1 fill material to use on the access track, which could be returned at the end of the job – an innovative approach that saved £100k and drastically reduced waste.

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