Work is progressing well at Bewdley in Worcestershire where a Jackson team is constructing a Flood Risk Management Scheme (FRMS) on behalf of the Environment Agency.
Bewdley is subject to significant flood risk from the River Severn, which runs through the town, and has flooded numerous times over the past decades.
This scheme involves the construction of 350 metres of flood defence along the left bank of the river. The new protection will consist of a combination of demountable flood barriers and permanent raised walls with glass panels on top to maintain views across the river.
The team is currently working off a temporary working platform on the waterfront made from rock bags and is in the process of installing 180 CFA (Continuous Flight Augered) steel piles that will support the flood wall. Once complete, the scheme will reduce the flood risk for more than 50 properties and maintain access to 160 businesses, as well as schools and other public services in the town.
Key challenges
Working so close to the river means that a key challenge during the construction phase is a risk of the work area flooding. The team typically gets 24 hours’ notice if flooding is expected, so there is time to remove equipment.
This is a high-profile scheme where the team is working in the middle of the community and traffic management, including a one-way system, has caused some disruption. Regular drop-in sessions are being held to keep people informed of progress while all the staff working on the project are open to talking to locals if they have any questions.
The main Bewdley Bridge across the River Severn and the surrounding structures are Grade I-listed, and specialist teams have been brought in to advise how best the flood wall should tie-in with the heritage structures.