Collaborative working key to success at Sutcliffe Park

Working on behalf of the Environment Agency, Team Van Oord is midway through a project to reduce the risk of flooding to a number of properties in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Under the £1.2m Sutcliffe Park Trash Screen Project, Team Van Oord is designing and constructing a new screen to protect an existing culvert that forms part of the river Quaggy flood alleviation scheme, which was completed in 2006.

Sutcliffe Park is a large, tree-lined park in the western part of Eltham, with areas of open grassland, meadow and wetland.

Rich in wildlife, and with the river Quaggy meandering through its midst, Sutcliffe Park has been declared a local nature reserve and is one of Greenwich’s Green Flag sites.

The new trash screen is an upgrade of an existing screen and will prevent debris from being carried into the culverted section of the river, where it could hinder the effective operation of the flood alleviation scheme.

Due to recent flooding upstream at Eltham Road, the Environment Agency requires the new screen to be installed and operating as soon as possible, and to that end the project has been deemed as emergency works.

The project also incorporates a new permanent vehicular and pedestrian access into Sutcliffe Park, MEICA and landscaping of the area adjacent to the trash screen.

Phil Ramsay, National Framework Manager, Team Van Oord said:

“This scheme is a great example of collaborative working with our client, the Environment Agency, and internally within Team Van Oord.

“We commenced works on site at outline design stage while the designers (Team Van Oord partner Royal HaskoningDHV) carried out the detailed design and fed the information gradually to the site team at different stages, and once the required approvals and consents were obtained.

“While the flow in the culvert has been maintained throughout, at times high flows in the watercourse prevented works from taking place – but the overall effect on the programme has been minimal.

“Undertaking some up-front site investigation has proved invaluable in terms of better establishing the extent of buried structures, services and ground condition generally.”

Concept design started in mid-2017 and construction began in the last quarter of 2017, with works due to be completed in the third quarter of 2018.


23 July 2018