VolkerStevin awarded flood defence contract

Strood The scope of work includes the construction of a new 850m long steel sheet pile river wall
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A contract to improve flood defences and raise ground levels at Strood in Medway, South East England, has been awarded to VolkerStevin by Medway Council through its Medway Highways Infrastructure contract with VolkerHighways.

The scope of work includes the construction of a new 850m long steel sheet pile river wall, demolition of an existing concrete storage building, remediation works and the installation of 10,000 drains. VolkerStevin is also importing 120,000t of fill material to raise the ground levels.

Rob Coupe, managing director at VolkerStevin, said: “We are pleased to have been awarded this flood defence project which will not only help protect homes, but also allow for economic growth within the housing market. Working alongside one of our other VolkerWessels UK business units, VolkerHighways, demonstrates the diverse range of our capabilities as part of a wider group.”

April 2019 finish

Realignment of the carriageway away from the watercourse will be carried out by VolkerHighways. Two of VolkerStevin’s specialist divisions, VolkerGround Engineering and VolkerBrooks, will collaborate to procure and install the new steel sheet pile wall and undertake awarded fabrication works.

Enabling works started in April, with the main work beginning in May. Project completion is planned for April 2019.

Medway Council secured GB£3.5m from the UK Government’s Local Growth Fund through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership for the flood defences works.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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