Rock armour solution to protect Climping hamlet from river and tidal flood risk using Aggregates special products team’s knowledge and service capabilities.



Aggregate Industries has supplied an important flood defence scheme in West Sussex to protect the hamlet of Climping on the River Arun, near Bognor Regis, from sea and river flooding.

Identified as an area particularly susceptible to flooding from the river and tidal flooding from the sea, the Environment Agency used Aggregate Industries in the implementation of a strategy to maintain necessary coastal defences. Aggregate Industries was tasked with sourcing granite boulders of a specific weight to meet the needs of the flood defence project which would form a ‘groyne’ which is designed to slow down longshore drift and build up the beach.


Aggregate Industries’ Specialist Products Team supplied 150 tonnes of 3.5 to 4.5 tonne granite boulders from its Croft Quarry in Leicestershire to the scheme in West Sussex. Working with haulage partner, Andrews from Swadlincote, Aggregate Industries was able to meet the challenging timeframe of delivering the project over two days, transporting the boulders more than 150 miles from the quarry to Climping.

Richard Allen, Specialist Aggregates Sales Manager at Aggregate Industries, said: “The granite boulders are a specialist product of superior quality quarried at Croft Quarry in Leicestershire. The quality, and our control over the quarrying of our products, ensures that we meet our client’s specification as well as deadline.

“We have had great success with EA right across the South coast and this latest project has strengthened our relationship further due to being recommended for forthcoming project in the South East.


Project details

  • Environmental Agency

  • Andrews (Swadlincote)

  • Coastal Defense

    • 3.5 to 4.5 tonne Leicestershire granite armour stone supplied
    • Specific product quality measures required for bespoke product
    • Working closely with haulage partners to overcome geographical challenges and meet customer expectations

From quotations to the delivery of the project, the communication with Aggregate Industries was excellent, making this a very smooth project from start to finish

Asad Abbas
Environment Agency