TVO scheme joins ICE campaign

A £30m flood defence project in Exeter, being delivered by Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency, Exeter City Council and Devon County Council, has joined a national campaign to raise awareness of the contribution civil engineering makes to society.

This is Civil Engineering is a campaign developed by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) which brings together construction projects across the UK to show how civil engineers shape the world around us.

ICE is using the campaign to link up with project teams to raise awareness of the industry and provide opportunities for budding engineers to find out more about a career in civil engineering.

This is Civil Engineering was recently launched at the Exeter Flood Defence Scheme in association with The Environment Agency, Exeter City Council, Devon County Council and Team Van Oord.

Trish Johnson, Regional Director for ICE South West, said: “This is Civil Engineering promotes the contribution of civil engineering to society and we are proud to be displaying the banner at prominent sites within our region

“The Exeter Flood Defence Scheme truly demonstrates the positive impact that civil engineering has, with the potential to help reduce the risk of flooding for thousands of properties.”

Team Van Oord began work on Phase 1 of the Exeter Flood Defence Scheme in July 2014. When complete, the scheme will reduce flood risk to approximately 3,000 homes and businesses across the city.

Phase 1 includes deepening the River Trew’s existing flood relief channel, lowering the spill weir at the top of the channel, and removing a ‘check weir’ at the bottom of the channel. These works will increase the flow capacity of the main flood channel.

Other works include the construction of a meandering stream through the centre of the flood relief channel, construction of fish passes on Trew’s Weir, and a low level pedestrian access across the middle of the flood relief channel.

In order to reduce construction traffic, excavated material from the flood relief channel will be temporarily stored on site and then re-used during phase 2 of the project.

Gordon Trapmore, Flood and Coastal Risk Manager for Devon and Cornwall, said: “The Exeter scheme will bring huge relief to homeowners and businesses that have lived with the fear of flooding.

“A virtual team of civil engineers from the Environment Agency, Halcrow, Team Van Oord, Exeter City Council, Devon County Council and South West Water are contributing to the delivery of this challenging construction project within an urbanised area.

“By working with local councils and local people we will be reducing flood risk, making Exeter a better and safer place to live while enhancing the reputation of the engineering profession.”

21 October 2014