Binnies working in partnership with Coastal Partners to develop a new habitat at Hook Lake, Fareham

Coastal Partners, on behalf of Fareham Borough Council, secured £556,000 grant in aid from Defra in March 2021. It chose Hook Lake as a potential location for creating a new coastal habitat to offset losses in the Hamble Estuary and wider Solent. The Solent coastline is facing significant pressure from rising sea levels, more frequent and bigger storms, and increased flood and erosion risk. As a result, important coastal habitats such as salt marshes are slowly being lost as they are squeezed against existing sea defences.

This award heralds the start of a two-year study focusing on the future management of Hook Lake, part of the Hook with Warsash Local Nature Reserve, and providing opportunities to create a new habitat at the site.

Since April, Binnies has been providing professional civil engineering and design services as part of the team working to create a coastal management study that maximises the potential benefits for both local people and wildlife to ensure that Hook Lake remains a special place. The study is exploring the potential for creating new habitats and wider recreation opportunities, as well as developing preliminary designs for a viable scheme.

Binnies Head of Maritime & Coastal, Prasad Gunawardena, commented, “We are delighted to be the consultant for this significant project. Binnies has extensive experience in coastal habitat creation, coastal engineering and management, and it is our aim to make this project award winning through our innovative approaches.

Binnies working in partnership with Coastal Partners to develop a new habitat at Hook Lake, Fareham

“We are starting to undertake a wide range of investigations and studies. This will involve our coastal modelling team, who are currently running the tidal inundation model to understand and explore the potential options for habitat creation. We are looking forward to working closely with the Coastal Partners project team to turn this important project into a scheme that maximises benefits to the wider area. Our involvement started in April 2021 and we are scheduled to complete the options appraisal, landscaping and outline design, and outline business case in spring 2023.”

Binnies will be working in partnership with key stakeholders, including Hampshire County Council (which owns and manages Hook Lake), the Environment Agency and the River Hamble Harbour Authority, and alongside the community to deliver this coastal management study.

Councillor Simon Martin, Fareham Borough Council Executive Member for Planning and Development, said, “I am delighted that the project team were able to secure funding for this important study. Creating new habitats here will enable other coastal defence projects in the borough to progress in the future and at the same time allow continued enjoyment of this coastline for years to come.

To stay up to date on the project, please visit our project webpages at https://coastalpartners.org.uk/project/hook-lake-coastal-management-study, where you can also sign up to receive updates to your inbox via our new Fareham Coastal Projects e-Newsletter.

About Coastal Partners

Coastal Partners is a partnership between Fareham Borough Council, Gosport Borough Council, Havant Borough Council and Portsmouth City Council. The partnership has coastal engineers from each authority working in one team to manage 162 km of coastline across the eastern Solent.

Contact: coastal.team@havant.gov.uk

The Fareham Borough Council Communications Team contact is publicity@fareham.gov.uk.

About Binnies

At Binnies, we create new possibilities for humanity through our innovative approach to delivery. Backed by a culture that has stayed true since our founding over 100 years ago, Binnies develops intelligent water and environmental solutions using a whole lifecycle approach to deliver functional infrastructure and lasting environmental and social legacies. We strive to continue to elevate the quality of life for our local communities today and for generations to come.

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