Rossall Seawall Tells the Story of the Sea Swallow
A new seawall at Rossall will tell the story of The Sea Swallow, cementing its place on the Mythic Coast.
Concrete units depicting artwork and poetry from the children's book, which brings to life the folklore and myth surrounding the local coastline, are being installed as part of Wyre Council's work to replace sea defences between West Way and Rossall Point.
The story is told at the northern end of the site, where the new seawall meets the existing wall. The artwork faces the sea and will be visible to anyone enjoying the new promenade when it re-opens next year.
Councillor Roger Berry, Cabinet member with responsibility for sea defences at Wyre Council, said: "The Sea Swallow artwork is a lovely feature in what will eventually be an attractive new seawall. We couldn't miss an opportunity to bring a little of the Mythic Coast's magic to the new defences and add to the artwork trail between Cleveleys and Rossall.
"When the promenade reopens around this time next year, the local community will not only have much greater protection from the risk of flooding but also a fantastic new amenity that can be enjoyed by all."
The Mythic Coast is an artwork trail beginning at Cleveleys, with a memorial to all the ships wrecked off the Fylde coast between 1643 and 2008. Characters from The Sea Swallow, including a giant stainless steel seashell and sea ogre carved from limestone, are dotted northwards along the promenade and beach before the trail ends at Rossall Point Observation Tower.
Simon Barker, Project Director for Balfour Beatty, the main contractor for the sea defences, said: “This is an exciting development in the construction of the coastal defences at Rossall Beach, with a large proportion of the main concrete units now in place the seawall is steadily taking shape.
"Together with the council we’re focussed on constructing resilient coastal defences but also on making this a pleasant place for the community to come and visit, and the Sea Swallow artwork will add a novel and attractive feature to our coastline. Our focus is now on completing the seawall and commencing work on the promenade.”
The seawall at the southern end of the site, at West Way, will also replicate features from The Sea Swallow in the same way, as work progresses in the coming months.
Wyre Council is replacing two kilometres of defences from Rossall Hospital to Rossall Point in a £63m coastal defence scheme that will protect 7,500 properties from the risk of flooding.
325,000 tonnes of rock armour are being used to create the base of the defences, to weather the harsh conditions on this exposed part of the coastline and allow the beach to build up in the area.
Between the rock revetment and the promenade, specially manufactured precast concrete is being used to form a stepped revetment to break the waves. The promenade will look similar in design to Cleveleys and is due to re-open when construction finishes in November 2017.
To find out more call into the information cabin at West Way car park which is open Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 5.30pm.
Find out more about the Mythic Coast at wyre.gov.uk/mythiccoast.