Stowmarket-based Poundfield Products secures major contract for sea defence scheme on Tyneside

The new sea defence construction work in Whitley Bay, featuring precast concrete panels made by Poun

The new sea defence construction work in Whitley Bay, featuring precast concrete panels made by Poundfield Products in Stowmarket. Picture: Paul Nixon Photography - Credit: David Wood

Suffolk concrete products manufacturer Poundfield has delivered the first batch of 250 bespoke sea wall panels for a major coastal defence scheme at Whitley Bay, North Tyneside.

Matt Moss of Poundfield Products

Matt Moss of Poundfield Products - Credit: Archant

Poundfield, which is based in Stowmarket, is due to supply a total of 1,800 precast panels for the new defences, which form part of a £36m seafront regeneration plan.

Tim Evans, director of bespoke products at Poundfield, says the contract involves a high degree of precision in planning, logistics and delivery.

“We were awarded the contract in April and so were up against a very tight deadline to get the first tier wall panels on site,” he said.

“We had to ensure that not only were all of these bespoke panels manufactured to Poundfield’s usual very high specification, but we needed to make sure they were transported and stored on site in time for them to be installed by the construction company.

“Any delays could have added to the costs of the project and we were determined to get everything just right for our client. This is a project requiring the highest precision and I’m delighted that we can say that the first stage of operations have been successfully completed.”

Matt Moss, commercial director at Poundfield, added: “As a company we are all about quality: quality of our products, quality of our delivery mechanism and quality of our customer service. I’m delighted that we are playing a quality part in this iconic regeneration project aimed at boosting the resort’s economic well-being.”

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The wall panels have been ordered by Hall Construction Services, the company commissioned to re-build the promenade in order to make it both better able to cope with the impact of North Sea waves and more attractive for residents and visitors.