Superstructure in place
on Rotherham Canal Barrier Scheme
Jackson Civil Engineering has reached an important milestone in a project to install a new multimillion pound canal barrier in the centre of Rotherham.
The installation of the main superstructure – the flood barrier and signature arch design - is the culmination of eight months of complex foundation and sub-structure works.
The manufacture and installation of the barrier was carried out by Jackson’s supply chain partner Centregreat Engineering. The individual components were lifted into place over a two-week period using a 100-tonne crawler crane.
Reduce flood risk
The works, on behalf of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, form the central part of the Rotherham to Kilnhurst Flood Alleviation Scheme that the Council is already delivering along 5km of the River Don. The project is due to complete in July 2022.
The new canal barrier will help reduce the risk of the River Don overtopping into the canal and flooding Rotherham town centre and the central railway station. The scheme also includes improvements to the adjacent towpath, high-quality landscaping and new amphitheatre seating overlooking the lock.
Video: Superstructure in place on Rotherham Canal Barrier Scheme

'As well as its primary function, the barrier and its surrounding landscape will provide an attractive area for tow path users and local residents to walk and sit. It will also bolster the look and feel of the adjacent leisure development of Forge Island and help enhance Rotherham as a hub for tourism in the future.'

Darren Blank, Project Manager, Jackson Civil Engineering