Rugeley Flood Alleviation Scheme
The Challenge from the Client:
In partnership with Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Staffordshire County Council and Cannock Chase District Council, the Environment Agency is building a £4 million flood defence scheme.
The flood defence scheme will help to reduce the risk of flooding from the River Trent at Rugeley to around 114 residential properties and 159 commercial properties. Construction of an embankment on the playing fields near Western Springs Road is designed to retain water during heavy rainfall. The scheme also forms an integral part of the councils plans to regenerate part of the town centre, which includes improving the playing fields and repairing the collapsing footbridge which forms part of the Cannock Chase Heritage Trail.
The Ivor King Solution:
We installed a 275 metre retaining wall, totalling 590 sheet piles of up to 13 metres in length. Utilising re-used sheet piles from our extensive stock supply on specific sections of the pile line, we were able to offer tangible cost savings to the client of circa £120,000.
Reducing the requirement for new piles meant not only direct savings on steel manufacturing costs, but also significant indirect savings, due to our mobility to move quickly with our existing stock and therefore reduce the overall programme time.
Aside from financial benefits, our environmentally sensitive approach also helped to achieve a reduction in carbon emissions to offer an all round better sustainable solution.