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Lincolnshire Lakes


Lincolnshire Lakes is a strategic regeneration development in Scunthorpe which will include the development of 7,739 new homes and recreational facilities.

To enable this development and to protect the existing private residences and commercial properties in the area from flooding, VolkerGround Engineering was awarded a £6.7m contract by VBA to install 3,373 linear metres of sheet piles.

Works involved strengthening a 3.8km section of flood protection earth embankments along the River Trent, through the village of Burringham to the A18 Keadby Bridge.

VolkerGround Engineering installed new sheet piled walls through existing embankments to reinforce the flood defences.

3.8km of permanent sheet piles alongside the river was installed using a variety of piling techniques, including the use of leader rigs, MOVAX and a pile press.

The VolkerGround Engineering team also used an ABI 16/20 rig to install 15 metre long piles adjacent to the high street in Burringham, as well as an ABI 13/16 rig, with winch removed, to allow sheet pile installation under the Northern Powergrid Overhead lines.

Due to the close proximity of the new sheet-pile wall to residences and buildings, noise and vibration monitoring was undertaken at pre-determined points along the boundary.

VolkerGround Engineering also minimised disruption by using a low vibration silent piling technique and attenuation blankets to mitigate noise.

The project scored an exceptional score of 42/50 in its final Considerate Constructors Scheme audit – well above the industry average.

Facts and figures

  • Client:
    The Environment Agency
  • Main Contractor:
  • Value:
  • Commencement Date:
    September 2018
  • Completion Date:
    June 2019
  • Project categories
    Sheet Piling