A major project to reinstate the flood defences in Matlock has reached a significant milestone with the completion of the town’s flood wall.
The flood wall provides protection from the River Derwent for 50 homes and businesses in the Derbyshire town.
Jackson commenced construction work on behalf of the Environment Agency in August 2022, with preparatory work starting earlier that year. It followed the collapse of a privately owned wall that was damaged after the February 2022 floods.
The £10m project is being delivered in partnership with Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Dales District Council.
Work on the stone cladding to the wall has now started and will be completed this summer.
It features Derbyshire stone sourced from a nearby quarry to cover the wall’s steel sheet piles and achieve a high-quality finish to maintain the heritage look and colour palette of the area.
“We’ve reached a significant milestone by completing the flood defence and reinstating protection to the town from river flooding. It’s been a challenging construction due to a wet winter and complexity of working in a dynamic river environment but we’ve swiftly reinstated flood protection to homes and businesses.
Naomi Doughty, Flood Risk Manager for the Environment Agency