Rotherham canal barrier
officially opened
A state-of-the-art canal barrier that Jackson has constructed on behalf of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council was officially opened last week.
Councillors and officials, designers and supply chain partners joined the Jackson team to celebrate as Leader of the Council, Cllr Paul Read cut the ribbon.
The barrier 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 Carbon Dioxide (CO2) compared to traditional cement concrete.
Rotherham canal barrier opening - engineers and designers
Focal point
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet member for Transport and Environment, Cllr Dominic Beck, said: “The new canal barrier at the Rotherham Lock is a fantastic focal point of the flood alleviation works and showcases all of the hard work done by our Flood Risk Team and partners during the project.
Rotherham canal barrier - at night

'The canal barrier has already become an iconic part of the Rotherham town centre skyline, and will provide reassurance and protection for countless residents who live and work alongside the River Don.'

Jackson Project Manager Darren Blank said: “We are immensely proud of the final product and the innovations and sustainable solutions we found along the way. We look forward to continuing to deliver flood resilience projects in Rotherham in the future, thereby protecting the residents and businesses."
Jackson van and canal barrier structure