Stunning canalside flood wall officially opened
A crucial flood structure built by a Jackson team in the centre of Rotherham has been officially opened.
The 125-metre-long concrete wall, which was constructed on behalf of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, is designed to protect rail infrastructure and businesses from regular flood events and forms a pivotal part of the wider flood alleviation scheme in Rotherham.
Situated in a hard-to-reach location between a main rail line and a canal, with a high-pressure oxygen mains pipe buried in the middle, the construction of the wall has proved a highly complex engineering and logistical challenge.
The work included soil nailing to the rail embankment and augered piling for the wall foundations. The team also faced the challenge of how to place nearly 200m3 of concrete with only towpath access less than 3m wide.
The completion of these works along with the wider elements of the project, including a sheet piled and masonry faced flood wall, a new switchback bike ramp and canal boat flood protection measures, is testament to the site team's experience and drive to succeed.
Team against the wall

''The project has been a massive challenge in both pre-construction and delivery. We have been working on the scheme for over three years, so this really is the culmination of huge stakeholder engagement and collaboration and excellence from the site team and our supply chain. '

Cycling and walking
The work means the canal route 67 on Sustrans National Cycle Network is open again. It creates a direct walking and cycling link to Rotherham train station and to Sheffield.
The path runs through areas that are important habitat for wildlife and provides access to nature and peace for local people in the heart of the town.
Artists Anthony Donnelly of Urban Canvas and Phil Padfield of AFFIX Art completed the look of the wall and cycle ramp with a stunning mural celebrating Rotherham’s industrial heritage and the nearby natural resources.
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