Team Van Oord has recently completed an upgrade of facilities at a depot in the West Midlands which will now become a ‘major incident response hub’ for the Environment Agency, of which there are only seven nationwide.
The works at the Lea Marston Depot, at Sutton Coldfield were required in order to accommodate the additional machinery and equipment which will be using the site from now onwards.
The £330k scheme involved: relaying the 700m main access road to the site; resurfacing and improving the drainage in the main compound area; drainage improvements to the site entrance; creating a new ‘Truckpave’ car park; and laying and compacting recycled road planings from the old access road onto a car park used by fishermen.
Manufactured from recycled plastics, Truckpave cellular paving is robust, durable and capable of withstanding all levels of traffic including HGVs.
Truckpave cells can be filled with either grass seed/topsoil or gravel, making them suitable for stabilising areas where a grass or stone surface is desirable.
Lea Marston is one of a number of projects TVO is currently carrying out in the West Midlands on behalf of the Environment Agency.
In Birmingham, TVO is making excellent progress on a £2.4m flood prevention scheme which will reduce the risk of flooding to 270 homes in the Selly Oak area.
Equally good progress is being made on another scheme in the Staffordshire town of Rugeley, which when complete will help reduce flood risk to more than 114 residential and 157 commercial properties.
01 June 2017