Barrier team
lifts industry award
A state-of-the-art structure built by a Jackson team has won a prestigious industry award.
The Forge Island Canal Barrier constructed on behalf of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council was announced as the winner of the Smeaton Award at a black tie event on Friday evening.
The accolade, given by The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in the Yorkshire and Humber region, recognises excellence and innovation in schemes costing less than £5m. The award went to Jackson along with designers Pell Frischmann, and supply chain partners Centregreat, IMAC and BBC Formwork Limited.
Rotherham canal barrier (6)
The barrier was officially opened in November 2022 and forms part of the Rotherham Renaissance Flood Alleviation Scheme, designed to reduce the risk of flooding to the town centre and Rotherham Central railway station. Its iconic curved structure will also form a central part of the redevelopment of Forge Island quarter in the town.
The barrier and associated works in this phase cost £4.45m and took a year to build. Construction included 450 tonnes of low carbon, cement free concrete, which resulted in a saving of 44 tonnes of embedded CO2 compared to traditional cement concrete.

'This is without doubt the proudest moment of my professional career and I cannot express enough appreciation to everyone involved.'