Coastline and community benefit with help from Breedon

Breedon has successfully completed the latest phase of a major coastal defence project to shield Benbecula Airport in the Outer Hebrides from the hostile North Atlantic weather.


25 October 2018

Breedon Group, a leading construction materials group in the UK and Ireland, has successfully completed the latest phase of a major coastal defence project to shield Benbecula Airport in the Outer Hebrides from the hostile North Atlantic weather.

The dunes protecting the western boundary of the airport, off the west coast of Scotland, are continually under threat of erosion from waves and storms.  Following the installation and subsequent repair of 1,000 metres of sea defences between 2002 and 2015, an additional length of ‘mattress’ protection has been installed by Breedon which extends the protective barrier a further 400 metres northwards. 

Ten thousand tonnes of gabion stone were supplied for the project from Breedon’s Druim Reallasger quarry in North Uist.

Commenting on the project John Macleod, Area General Manager for Breedon, said, “This work is vital to the protection of Benbecula Airport, which provides an important transport link for the islands.  The contract required community benefit and we were delighted to be able to support this, by donating some play equipment to the local primary school.”

Keith Inglis, Head of Infrastructure Services at Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL), added, “The completion of this recent package of coastal works provides the airport with the protection required against the hostile environment generated by the North Atlantic. The exposed nature of the beach made working conditions difficult at times, but Breedon have completed the works on budget and on time.”

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