On the seabed and coast
We manage the seabed of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including offshore energy, aggregates, and cables and pipelines. We also look after much of UK's foreshore.
Our brilliant places on the seabed and coast
On an increasingly busy seabed, we work closely with industry and stakeholders to help ensure the waters of England, Wales and Northern Ireland continue to be a brilliant place to invest. We also manage around half of the foreshore surrounding these areas.
Learn more about how we are unlocking potential to make best use of the UK’s world leading resources offshore as well as how we look after our foreshore.
Bacton and Walcott Sandscaping
An innovative coastal defense project began work in North Norfolk, utilising approximately 2 million cubic metres of sand, almost twice the volume of the Empire State Building, to protect our important coastline.
The scheme, led by North Norfolk County Council, provides a sustainable solution to protect our important coastline.Read more
Blyth Offshore Wind Farm, with the UK's first two offhsore wind turbines, was officially decommissioned in April 2019, 20 years from when it was first built.Read more about this decommissioning work
Offshore Wind Leasing Round 4
With long coastlines, favourable wind conditions and, in many areas, shallow waters, the UK offers world-class natural resources for offshore wind, supported by a stable policy outlook, mature supply chain, and a clear route to seabed rights.
Round 4, our first offshore wind leasing opportunity of this scale in a decade, creates the opportunity for at least 7GW of new projects in the waters around England and Wales, delivering a robust pipeline for low-cost offshore wind deployment.Find out more
Advancing the responsible future growth of UK offshore wind
The Offshore Wind Sector Deal was published in March 2019 and provided The Crown Estate with a unique opportunity to announce its commitment to a UK-wide strategic enabling actions programme.Find out our progress on this programme
Will Apps, Head of Energy Development, reflects on offshore wind’s continuing success
2019 has proven another transformational year for UK offshore wind, laying the foundations for continued responsible growth. The year ahead promises to maintain that momentum.Find out about our upcoming work
Find out more
Visit our most used websites to learn more about what we do on the seabed.
Offshore wind electricity map
Explore our interactive map showing the current output of operational wind farms around England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Marine data exchange
Access our information hub of survey data and reports collected by our offshore renewable and marine aggregates customers.
Foreshore and estuary ownership map
Use our interactive map to identify our foreshore and estuary ownership around England, Wales and Northern Ireland