Team Van Oord schemes feature in Environment Agency magazine

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Three schemes carried out by Team Van Oord working on behalf of the Environment Agency feature in the latest edition of the Agency’s ‘Current’ magazine.

Current magazine highlights innovation and good practice in projects carried out on behalf of the Environment Agency, in a bid to encourage the Agency and its partners to ‘innovate, share and standardise’ the delivery of projects for communities.

The major refurbishment works at East Farleigh Lock on the River Medway feature in the sustainability section of the magazine (page 19).

The article explains how East Farleigh was one of only two remaining locks on the River Medway without a fish pass. As part of the works Team Van Oord installed a Larinier fish pass, incorporating an elver pass to the weir on the opposite bank.

Jeff Whiter, Project Manager, ncpms, National Operations, Environment Agency, said:

“The original lock structure is nearly 100 years old and there was some uncertainty about the condition despite investigations prior to construction.

“The project team had to overcome significant challenges whilst on site and that was achieved by promoting good teamwork and effective communication.

“The combined design/site supervisor role contributed to efficient design changes due to familiarity with both detailed design issues as well as progress and methodology of the construction phase.

“This was complemented by the presence on site of the PM, Senior User, Construction Manager and an ECC PM (who covered the cost manager role) which allowed the team to get a shared understanding of issues as they arose and quickly identify and agree creative solutions.”

The magazine also provides an update on the Shoreham Adur Tidal Walls Scheme (page 24), where work at four of the 10 reaches is now substantially complete – and the flood defence scheme in the Staffordshire town of Rugeley (page 25), where the Preliminary Certificate has been issued by the Reservoir Construction Engineer, allowing the newly created flood storage reservoir to be filled.

The March 2018 edition of Current also includes articles focusing on innovation, building information modelling (BIM), programming and safety, health, environment and wellbeing (SHE&W).

The issue covers a number of projects carried out by Environment Agency Water and Environment Management (WEM) and National Cost Management Framework (NCMF2) partners, including Team Van Oord.

The WEM Framework is a commercial agreement between the Environment Agency, consultants and contractors, with agreed terms for the award of individual contracts.

It was signed in July 2013 and is a vital component in the Environment Agency’s ‘Sustainable Engineering Procurement Strategy’ (SEPS). Team Van Oord is a WEM Tier 1 supplier.


20 March 2018