Sumburgh, United Kingdom

Sumburgh airport is located on Shetland island, Scotland, UK. The shore protection will be armoured by Xblocs of 6 m3 size. The design has been prepared by RPS in Belfast.

Sumburgh is the third Xbloc project designed by RPS. 3D physical model testing was carried out by Queens University in Belfast. Xbloc casting will start in spring 2013.

The contractor is McLaughlin & Harvey and the Xblocs are placed by Ashleigh Contracts. Ashleigh Contracts also did the placement of the Xblocs for the Port Oriel and Caladh Mor projects.  


Sumburgh, United Kingdom

Project milestones

First mould on site
April 2013

Production of first Xbloc
May 2013

Start placement
September 2013

Placement completed
June 2015

Project details

5.6 m

Length of shore protection
380 m

Size of Xblocs
6.0 m3

Number of units

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