VolkerStevin was awarded a contract from Medway Council to improve flood defences and raise ground levels at Strood Riverside, South East England.
Medway Council successfully secured £3.5m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund for the flood defence works which are part of a wider urban regeneration plan for Strood.
The project is a collaboration between VolkerHighways, VolkerStevin, VolkerGround Engineering and VolkerBrooks.
VolkerStevin’s package includes construction of a new 850 metre long steel sheet pile river wall, the demolition of an existing concrete storage building, remediation works and the installation of 10,000 prefabricated vertical drains.
Realignment of the carriageway, away from the watercourse, will be carried out by VolkerHighways. VolkerGround Engineering and VolkerBrooks will collaborate together to procure and install the new steel sheet pile wall and undertake awarded steel fabrication works.
VolkerGround Engineering was awarded a £1.6 million contract by VolkerStevin to install 9,800m2 of sheet piled retaining wall to raise the flood defences along Strood Riverside.
The works are located at two sites on the north bank of the river Medway; The Civic Centre site to the South West and the Riverside site to the North East of the Railway. It consists of land adjacent to the river and existing industrial yard, bounded by the railway.
VolkerGround Engineering are installing 741m2 of sheet piles using a ZU100 silent press within vibration sensitive areas such as a railway bridge and the Riverside Tavern public house. To meet Network Rail’s requirements the team is undertaking background vibration monitoring at locations adjacent to the railway bridge and railway line, this was prior to construction and is continuing throughout the works.
VolkerGround Engineering’s work on the project commenced in July 2018. The overall project is planned for completion in April 2019.