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Wash Wall Repairs at Huddersfield Narrow Canal Update 6 March 2023

New pedestrian walkway created following sheet pile installation

In an earlier story, we told you about a piling project to shore up a damaged wash wall on the historic Huddersfield Narrow Canal at Slaithwaite, in the heart of the Pennines.

Working from the towpath, we have installed approximately 210 linear metres of steel sheet piles to exactly follow the existing curvature of the canal. This has allowed a separate pedestrian walkway to be constructed atop the piles, which also acts as a retaining wall to protect the old wash wall from further damage.

The upper walkway walls have been constructed using materials in keeping with the character of the local architecture; though it’s the sheet piles, which will eventually be hidden from view below the waterline once the canal is reflooded, that are literally doing all the heavy lifting.

Longevity assured

The sheet piles have a design life of around 100 years, which means the canal can be enjoyed by future generations for many years to come.

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