Galliford Try, Black & Veatch JV wins flood defence scheme in Staffordshire, UK

WCN Editorial Team 16 Oct 2018 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

A joint venture between Galliford Try and Black & Veatch has secured a contract from the Environment Agency to design and build an improved flood defence scheme at Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire, UK.

The £19.9m contract includes the repair, replacement, and raising of about 4km of flood defence embankments and walls that will protect 4,500 homes from seepage and overtopping by the River Trent.

The protected zone also features a caravan park, a library and a leisure centre, allotments, golf course, industrial estate, Tesco supermarket, and a school.

Construction on the project begins immediately and is due to be completed in early 2021.

Galliford Try Environment business unit managing director Ian Jones said: “We’re delighted to have secured this new business from one of our longest standing clients.

“The award is the result of a new way of working based on a collaborative approach rather than competitive bidding which will add value and deliver long-lasting benefits to the community.”

Earlier this month, the Galliford Try/Black & Veatch joint venture has opened a flood defence scheme in Skipton, North Yorkshire.

Led by the Environment Agency, the £17.8m project helps to protect 378 homes and 165 businesses in the town centre from flooding from Eller Beck and Waller Hill Beck which rise very quickly after heavy rain.

The project involved the construction of two flood storage areas upstream of Skipton at both becks to slow the flow of water from the surrounding hills, minimising the risk of the becks causing flooding.

The new flood storage areas can hold a combined total of 111 million gallons of water, which is equivalent to 168 Olympic sized swimming pools.

Eller Beck is the larger of the two storage areas. A 13m high, 610m wide earthworks dam has been constructed which can hold 95 million gallons of water. Normal flows pass unrestricted through a pipe known as a culvert within the dam.

At the time of a flood, a barrier called a penstock will be lowered to block off the culvert inlet so that water can be held back to form a reservoir. Environmental considerations include an otter ledge through the culvert. The project also includes 300m of new flood defence walls in the town centre.

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Image: Galliford Try, Black & Veatch JV wins flood defence scheme in Staffordshire. Photo: Courtesy of Galliford Try plc.

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