2018 – a year in pictures and words

2018 has been another busy, productive and exciting year for everyone involved with Team Van Oord – here’s a quick-fire round up of some of the key highlights and achievements.

January

The year began with a visit by Emma Howard-Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency, to the Shoreham Adur Tidal Walls scheme as works there passed the midway milestone.

Emma Howard-Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency, on a visit to the Shoreham Adur Tidal Walls scheme

In the Midlands, the Selly Park South flood prevention scheme, which has reduced risk to more than 200 residential and commercial properties in the south of Birmingham, was officially opened.

Elsewhere, two Team Van Oord partners combined on a project to provide improved protection for a wastewater outfall pipe on England’s north east coast.


February

Work got underway on phase one of a major beach recycling project which will provide improved protection against flooding to approximately 5,500 homes located in and around the town of Sheerness.

Major recycling works got underway at Sheerness beach in February

On the south coast, preparations for a new tidal defence scheme in the Devon town of Exmouth got underway, with a series of surveys (topographic, bathymetric and property) taking place.


March

On 8 March, Team Van Oord supported the call to #PressForProgress, the central theme of International Women’s Day 2018.

Under the theme ‘Risk, resilience and response in a changing climate’, Team Van Oord also participated in Flood & Coast 2018.


April

Over the Easter weekend, Team Van Oord assisted the Environment Agency with clearing a 600mm dia storm drain, protecting homes and businesses in the Calmore area of Southampton from flooding.

Over the Easter weekend, Mackley assisted the EA with clearing a 600mm dia storm drain in Southampton

A Team Van Oord employee was named the winner of a prestigious new health and safety award presented by the Environment Agency.


May

May saw Team Van Oord commence the Lincolnshire Beach Management project, which involved the raising of beach levels lost naturally to the sea, by dredging sand from the seabed and pumping it onshore.

The Rugeley Flood Alleviation Scheme was named winner of the Sustainability Award at the 2018 ICE West Midlands Civil Engineering Awards.

On 27 May, Team Van Oord and Kier employees were praised for the part they played in a clean up operation following a flooding incident in Birmingham.

TVO employees were praised for the part they played in a clean up operation following flooding in Birmingham.


June

Team Van Oord completed a project to fill a 28-metre gap in the flood defences in the West Sussex town of Littlehampton – in turn reducing the flood risk for 2,000 homes.

TVO filled a 28-metre gap in the flood defences in the West Sussex town of Littlehampton

The Rugeley Flood Alleviation Scheme was highly commended at the 2018 CIEEM Awards, which took place on 21 June.


July

Team Van Oord passed the midway point on a project to reduce the risk of flooding to a number of properties in the Royal Borough of Greenwich – while works at the Clay’s Lake site entered the final phase.

Reducing the risk of flooding in Greenwich


August

Team Van Oord was credited for playing a key role in the development of a marine boom which can soak up hydrocarbons and reduce the risk of pollution in fast flowing rivers.

Team Van Oord was credited for playing a key role in the development of a marine boom

The use of a Giken press piling train ensured good progress over the summer months on the Shoreham Adur Tidal Walls scheme.


September

With only a few months until the scheduled completion of the Shoreham Adur Tidal Walls scheme, Team Van Oord published a progress update.

It was also an exciting month for Team Van Oord partners. Team Van Oord’s Dutch partner, Van Oord, published a jubilee magazine to mark the company’s 150th anniversary – while Jamie Edmonds, from Kier Utilities, was presented with the 2018 BIG Biodiversity Champion Award.


October

Team Van Oord commenced work on an innovative scheme to provide improved protection from flooding to households, infrastructure and agricultural land adjacent to the West Somerset coast.

Providing improved protection from flooding on the West Somerset coast


November

Work got underway on a new £4.5m flood alleviation scheme in the Surrey town of Godalming – with the local MP Jeremy Hunt paying a visit to site on 9 November.

Local MP Jeremy Hunt paid a visit to the new £4.5m flood alleviation scheme in the Surrey town of Godalming in November

A group of local schoolchildren enjoyed a visit to Powick Weir on the River Teme – where Team Van Oord is working on a project to re-open the UK’s longest river to all fish species.

Elsewhere, students from the University of Brighton paid a final visit to the Clay’s Lake Flood Alleviation Scheme in West Sussex.


18 December 2018