Beach Replenishment Scheme 2005-2007

Phase 1

Poole beach replenishment

The Poole replenishment programme included beaches between Shore Road and Branksome Dene Chine, using two dredgers – the Ham 311 and Waterway.

The sinkerline first came ashore just east of Branksome Chine on 15th December 2005. It was moved to Canford Cliffs Chine on 7th January and the final dredger load of sand was pumped to Shore Road at 19:30 on 16th January. The eventual length of the onshore pipeline leading from Canford Cliffs to Shore Road was 2,306m.

Poole beaches were due to receive approximately 450,000 m³ of new sand; the 590,364 m³ recorded as pumped ashore allows for various factors (find out more). A daily independent survey measured amounts retained on the beach.

Poole statistics

Poole Beaches



Cubic metres

Metric tonnes*


Total pumped ashore






Measured on the beach by independent survey





*The Crown Estate apply a factor of 1.5 to convert cubic metres of sand to metric tonnes, and 1 metric tonne = 0.984206528 long (British) ton.

About the Project

The aim of the new beach is to protect properties and infrastructure from coastal erosion but it will also improve the amenity for residents and visitors.

Project progress was recorded in a Daily Diary

Before & After Replenishment pictures

The finishing touches

  1. When the beach at Poole had settled down it became necessary to extend the Branksome Chine stream outfall where it discharges at Branksome Chine beach. The flows through the outfall originate from the stream and surrounding surface water drainage system. Flow volume increases rapidly during heavy rainfall and the outfall needs to be able to take the water out to sea. The outfall was 50m long, constructed from an 800mm diameter steel pipeline encased in concrete, supported on both sides by interlocking steel sheet piles and buried beneath the sand. A special license for the work was granted by Defra and an extra 48m of pipe was laid in June 2006.
  2. For safety reasons we also ‘topped’ the groynes where they protruded above the sand. They were cut down to approximately 6-9″ below sand level and work was completed in June.