International engineeringand-business consultancy High-Point Rendel has been made supervisor on the construction of a £16 million coast protection and landslide stabilisation scheme at Lyme Regis, on the Dorset coast.

High- Point Rendel, which has main offices in London and Birmingham, has been appointed by West Dorset District Council.

Lyme Regis, a gateway town to the Dorset World Heritage Site, is situated on one of the most unstable and actively eroding stretches of coastline in the UK and over the centuries, various coast defence structures - including sea walls and the famous 13th-century Cobb - have been constructed to protect the town against attack from the sea.

High-Point Rendel has been working in partnership with WDDC on the scheme since the early 1990s.

The contract, funded by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, was awarded to Mowlem Construction in March and is programmed to run for two years.

It involves reinforcing the beach with 112,000 tonnes of imported sand and shingle and constructing a new sea wall.

High-Point Rendel has previously completed the award winning Lyme Regis Phase I pumping station and coast protection scheme in 1995.