FLOOD ALLEVIATION SCHEME PICKS UP SECOND AWARD FOR GRONTMIJ

Posted: Monday 21st September 2009

An innovative new tunnel and water system, designed by leading European engineering consultancy, Grontmij, and built by construction specialist, Barhale, has won gold in the Severn Trent ‘Corporate Responsibility Award in the Community’. This award is in addition to the first prize in the Major Scheme Category won at the UK Society of Trenchless Techniques in May.

The potential impact of 18 months of construction on the local residents and businesses was of great concern to the local MP, Local Authorities and the Traders’ Association. From the earliest days the team made every effort to engage the community in the project and continued to liaise throughout.

Despite the inevitable disruption excellent relations have been maintained, with the project commended for its ‘extensive community consultation’ including community presentations and a drop-in centre allowing people to learn about the scheme and raise any concerns. These efforts allowed for the forging of excellent community relations and a smooth delivery.

The new pipejack sewer tunnel was put in place in the village of Albrighton in Shropshire, as part of an £8 million flood alleviation scheme funded by Severn Trent Water. With working space at a premium, the tunnel was uniquely installed on a curve as it followed the wind of the narrow High Street.

Will Dorman, Grontmij’s project manager, said: “This award is the second that we have won for the project in Albrighton and we are proud that it is now widely held as a new benchmark for positive community engagement.

“Albrighton has experienced devastating flooding in recent years due to a lack of capacity in the sewerage system and problems from a local brook. It was important to design a system that would improve the capacity of the sewer network, while managing the wider impact of the increased flows.”

As a specialist in sewerage design and flood risk management, as well as Engineering Design Framework partner for Severn Trent Water, Grontmij was appointed to carry out the early feasibility study into the causes of the flooding. In response to the consultant’s findings, Grontmij progressed to design a comprehensive solution, including a 1.8m diameter online storage tunnel.

Steven Jones, delivery manager for Severn Trent Water, said: “The design of the new system means that not only will residents in the town now benefit from a considerably reduced risk of flooding, but they have also had minimal disruption during implementation of the work.

“It’s not just the UKSTT who have acknowledged the work that has gone into improving the sewer system, residents of Albrighton have been highly appreciative of the environmental benefits this scheme brings and to the sensitive manner in which it has been designed and constructed. As a result, the Parish Council organised a supper party to thank the Severn Trent Water, Grontmij and Barhale employees involved on the project.”




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