Beach Development at Royalton Negril, Jamaica

Royalton Negril, Jamaica

The Royalton Resort is situated in Negril on the west coast of Jamaica. The Royalton Resort site has only a small beach, which was previously Grand Lido’s nude beach. The Diamond Club Resort is on top of a cliff where the shoreline is rocky with only very small pockets of sand at the shoreline.

Challenge

Smith Warner International Ltd was consulted to investigate the coastal processes at the site and produce beach design concepts to enhance the beaches at Resort.

Process

To complete the requirements of the investigation, field data as well as readily available data pertaining  to the site were collected and analysed. A bathymetric survey was completed along with a topographicsurvey, shoreline mapping, and aerial imaging using a drone. A detailed benthic survey was also completed in addition to the collection and analysis of sediment samples and water quality samples to establish ecological conditions at the site. The collected data was used to assess the ambient coastal processes to better understand the site’s existing conditions and vulnerabilities.

In order to develop a sustainable beach solution and the evaluate the potential impacts on the natural environment, the services rendered included: i) marine ecology and water quality surveys; ii) investigation of the prevailing coastal processes to understand beach stability under different seasons and wave patterns; iii) assessment of likely hurricane impacts on any proposed structures; and iv) impacts on the surrounding marine environment and on adjacent shorelines.

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Solution

Giving due consideration for the sensitive environment in Negril, the structures were aligned to ensure minimal impact to benthic resources. Additionally, assisted reef habitats were worked into the designto encourage growth and development of the marine benthos. Methods for the relocation of the benthic resources in structural footprints and mitigation measures were provided and the approved final concepts were guided through the environmental approval stage.

Our construction arm, COMAR, was engaged to construct the beach works as well as implement the neccessary mitigations such as seagrass relocation, coral relocation and installation of an artificial reef.

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