Construction works to provide improved protection from flooding for residents and businesses in the Staffordshire town of Rugeley have moved past the halfway point, and are on schedule to be complete in December.
The scheme, which is being carried out by Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency, will help reduce flood risk to more than 114 residential and 157 commercial properties. It also forms an integral part of the local council’s plans to regenerate parts of the town centre.
The proposal includes constructing an embankment on Hagley Playing Field to hold water from Rising Brook during a flood.
Two thirds of the new embankment is complete. 32,000 tonnes of clay have been placed and 450no. 10m long steel sheet piles have been driven. The remaining 100m of embankment works will commence mid to late September.
90% of the topsoil which was removed from the playing field has been screened to Sports England grade, and is now ready to place back on the Playing Field once the embankment works are complete (see pic above).
The next stage of the project – continuation of the piling works – will start again mid-late July and will take five weeks to complete. The steel sheet piles will be driven though the centre of the embankment into the bedrock to prevent water passing through.
The Playing Field is currently being re-graded and will be 75% complete with freshly laid topsoil by the end of July.
Construction started in January 2017 and is scheduled to be complete by the end of September 2017. Landscaping will then begin, with the Playing Field scheduled to reopen to the public in summer 2018. However, the football pitches will take two years to ‘bed in’.
All material excavated is being re-used on site and 2,000 tonnes of stone matting used for the piling rig will be re-used on top of the embankment. These recycling activities will result in 450 less vehicles movement to and from site.
Angus Brettell, Team Van Oord Project Manager for the scheme, said:
“We would like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding while we are carrying out these works.”
29 June 2017