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Bangledeshi officials visit New Forest District Council's beach huts

New Forest District Council and Snug Architects hosted a delegation of visitors from Bangladesh, interested in UK coastal defence measures, on Friday 6 October 2017.

Bangladesh visitors Oct 17 Representatives from the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) met with representatives from the council and Snug Architects (part of the design team for Milford-on-Sea beach huts) at the council's Appletree Court offices in Lyndhurst, to hear the process behind the design and to learn about local coastal management.

The eleven visitors then went on to see the recently-completed beach huts at Milford-on-Sea, and Hurst Spit, as part of the senior officials' visit to the UK to look at examples of coastal engineering, infrastructure development, and emergency management.

Explaining the visit, Steve Cook, NFDC's Coastal Manager, said, "Bangladeshi has a difficult coastline with many rivers and distributaries which are often affected by natural hazards such as cyclones, coastal flooding and tidal surges. The Bangladesh government believes that by focusing on these key areas, the country will better be able to cope with the extreme flooding which at times covers 26,000kms of the country.

"The visit to New Forest District Council's beach huts was to see how they have been designed and built to withstand severe coastal weather, as well as understanding how we manage and defend our coastline.

"We are extremely proud of the beach huts, which had to be rebuilt due to severe weather damage which destroyed a number of the huts back in 2014.  Working with the engineers and architects we have built the replacement huts so that they can withstand storm events in excess of those experienced during the winter of 2013/14 as well as providing the opportunity to enhance and improve the Milford front".

"It was a pleasure to host the visit and I am pleased to be able to share our learning and experiences of coastal defences in the hope that it can help the BWDB" 

Ariella Goldfinch from Training and Technology Transfer, who organised the trip, said, "The opportunity to experience the Milford beach project was invaluable". 

The group were also given an overview of the Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme, managed by the council and hosted at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton.

 

Updated: 9 Oct 2017
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