Global recognition for Alderney breakwater

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ALDERNEY breakwater has been chosen by the Institute of Civil Engineers as one of 200 projects around the world which have transformed lives.

Storm waves crash over Alderney’s breakwater, which has been chosen as one of 200 civil engineering projects around the world to have changed lives Picture: Sammy Hogg

It is the only project in the Channel Islands to appear on the People and Projects list, which includes the Eden Project and Channel Tunnel.

ICE has compiled the list to show how civil engineering has shaped the world ‘and transformed people’s lives for the better’.

The group celebrates its bicentenary this year and decided to support the UK government’s Year of Engineering by highlighting projects from around the world.

Guernsey States’ head of project services, Graeme Falla, said it was an honour to have the breakwater recognised by ICE. ‘Everyone in Alderney knows the significance of the breakwater to life on the island.

‘To see it, as the sole Channel Island project, sitting next to other recent iconic projects such as the Channel Tunnel and the Eden Project emphasises how significant a civil engineering achievement the breakwater is.’

Alderney’s breakwater, which is over 900 metres long, was built in 1894 by the engineer Thomas Jackson, who had previously built railways and canals.

Richard Heath

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