Visited by tens of thousands of nature lovers each year, Gibraltar Point in a dynamic stretch of wild coastline running from Skegness to The Wash.
To improve access across the site and to a new multi-million pound visitor’s centre, Minster Surfacing was hired to improve access by creating new footpaths and a widened and resurfaced carriageway.
Minster delivered 1,500m of footpaths alongside Gibraltar Road and the adjoining nature trail so that pedestrians no longer have to share the road with cars and can more easily access the area by foot or bicycle. Meanwhile, the road was widened and reconstructed to increase capacity and improve durability and drainage.
Working on behalf of Kier Group through the Lincolnshire Highways Alliance, the improvement was part of a £2 million infrastructure investment by Lincolnshire County Council to improve the area’s transport links.
The Minster team worked around the clock over 12 weeks to complete the works between December and April through inclement weather on the exposed coastal landscape. Disruption was kept to a minimum with night-only road closures.
Environmental considerations were at the heart of the project, with the conservation of wildlife and coastal flora a priority throughout.
“As a Lincolnshire firm that’s often working around the UK, it’s always a pleasure for us to be able to work on projects here in Lincolnshire, such as this one, that improve people’s lives by keeping them safe and helping to boost the local economy.
“The tourist trade is hugely important to the county, so by improving access to the centre we’re helping to establish it as a must-see destination for anyone visiting the region. For us, it’s another job well done, knowing that thousands of people will benefit from the work we’ve done here.”
Bruce Spencer-Knott, Managing Director, Minster Group.
Gibraltar Point nature reserve is home to dozens of species of native and migrating birds along its dunes, lagoons and beaches. The visitor centre, which cost around £1m to build, has proved popular among birdwatchers, holidaymakers and walkers alike since it opened in May 2016.
The centre has a rooftop viewing platform, cafe and shop and is built on stilts to avoid a repeat of the flooding that damaged its predecessor in December 2013.