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Bewdley Left Bank Flood Risk Management Project Update 2nd April – 12th April 2024

The following update was provided by the Environment Agency

We have been removing the top layer of the footway along Stourport Road and Kidderminster Road in preparation for the continuation of the piling. We will be remobilising early next week with the installation of the piling mats along Stourport Road and Kidderminster Road, with piling estimated to begin by the end of next week.

 

There has been considerable preparation work being undertaken in the compound this week. Significant deliveries of stone and cohesive material have been stockpiled in the compound ready for the preparation of the piling mat next to the bridge (Area 1), back fill for drainage excavations at Millside Court (Area 5), and excavations on Stourport Road (Area 3).

Our piling contractors have been fabricating steel reinforcement in the compound in readiness for piling work to come.

 

We have started to re-site the benches which were next to the bridge in Riverside North Park, and we expect this task to be finished by end of next week.

 

Cadent Gas have moved into Pleasant Harbour area (Area 0) to undertake utility diversions and are expected to be working in this area for 2 to 3 weeks. This work will require the traffic management to shift from bridge side of the carriageway to the pleasant harbour side for a period of a few days in the middle of the week next week.

River levels have been high again, which has impacted on progress this week in our preparations for future piling work.

The proliferation of underground services has been one of the biggest challenges of working in this part of Bewdley. Although we were able to identify many of the utility services prior to any excavations, undocumented services continue to be a challenge, with many private services being discovered in the working area in recent weeks.

 

Community engagement sessions

We will endeavour to provide weekly updates; however, we will not be able to answer all questions emailed to us. If you have any questions, please speak to our Environment Agency team member who will be at St Georges Hall on the following dates:

  • 16th April between 5pm – 7pm – this drop in will be at the Rowing Club on Riverside North
  • 23 April between 11:00 – 2pm

Bewdley Left Bank Flood Risk Management Project Update 18 March – 22 March 2024

The following update was provided to us by the Environment Agency

The blinding work in Area 5 (Millside Court) is now complete and work has moved into area 3 and 4 (Stourport Road) and is near to completion in this section.

Where the blinding and piling is in place in Area 5, we have now installed trench sheeting. This will allow us to reduce seepage through the defence when in place. Where the trench sheets are in place the next stage will be to burn out the sections necessary for the capping beam to follow. This will also include welding studs into these sections for reinforcement.

We are installing a surface water drainage pipe that will act as an overflow into the river. The pipe will be surrounded with clay to provide a waterproof barrier.

Work has also been undertaken on the electrical kiosk to enable us to utilise this electrical point for use in the lighting along Stourport Road.

Work is ongoing on the access for future works in Area 0 (Pleasant Harbour footpath). The stone and geo-grid has been laid down, and this work will continue into next week. Spoil generated from the rebuild of the heritage wall will be removed, and the access track will extend into Area 0 in preparation for establishment of the piling mat for works to come.

Cadent Gas works are ongoing to divert the gas main around the wall foundations, adjacent to the bridge.

Community engagement sessions

We will endeavour to provide weekly updates; however, we will not be able to answer all questions emailed to us. If you have any questions, please speak to our Environment Agency team member who will be at St George’s Hall on the following dates:

  • 26 March between 11:00 – 2pm
  • 9 April between 11:00 – 2pm
  • 23 April between 11:00 – 2pm

There will be an additional drop-in on 16 April at the Bewdley Rowing Club between 5pm and 7pm.

Bewdley Left Bank Flood Risk Management Project Update 19th February – 23rd February 2024

The following post is provided to us by the Environment Agency.

As stated in our previous project update, while excavating for the foundations of the flood wall near Millside Court we discovered an old reinforced concrete structure. We have now started work to break out this structure, and this allows us to prepare the already piled foundations for the next stage of the foundations work.

 

All the piling around Millside Court is now complete, but some of those piles have required a casing, which will need to be cut down to the required level. This week we have been exposing these casings in preparation for future works.

 

Due to continued elevated river levels, we have been prevented from making significant progress on the scheme as a whole, and more specifically on the planned gas utility works that were due to start last week. However, these works have now started in the area adjacent to the bridge which when finished will allow us to undertake other works in this area.

 

Looking into next week, we will be backfilling the area where we have been breaking out the concrete structure near Millside Court.

Where we have been able to expose the piles that are in place, we will be cropping those piles in order to prepare for the next stage of foundations of the wall, and we will be testing the piles that are in place for structural integrity.

The gas utility diversion works will continue next week and into March in the area adjacent to the bridge.

Overall, the project remains close to the planned programme due to faster installation of the earlier piles than expected, however the long duration of the current flooding is impacting on the construction programme.

We will endeavour to provide weekly updates. If you have any questions, please speak to our Environment Agency team member who will be at St Georges Hall every other Tuesday, (starting on 12th March) between 11am and 2pm.

Beales Corner Flood Risk Management Project Update from the Environment Agency

We have received the following update from the Environment Agency:

Sadly river levels remain elevated and this is preventing Cadent Gas from proceeding with their planned utility diversion in Kidderminster Road, which was due to start at the beginning of the week (Monday 12 February). We expect this utility alteration to take approximately 5 weeks to complete, and will take place within the current traffic management areas.

We are continuing to monitor river levels and get the works started as soon river levels allow.

Pause in piling – Beales Corner

Due to the high river levels, the Environment Agency have had to pause the piling activities until river levels drop.

Despite the previous delays due to flooding, the Project Team has been working very hard to catch up and keep us on programme. We are hoping that this current pause will have minimal impact and we will be able to restart the piling work at the earliest opportunity.

Weekly Drop-ins for the Beales Corner Flood Risk Management Scheme

The Environment Agency are holding weekly public drop-ins every Tuesday to give our community the opportunity to come and ask any questions they have about the Beales Corner Flood Risk Management Scheme

Every Tuesday (Throughout January and February) 11 am – 2 pm at The Wyre Room, St George’s Hall, Load Street, Bewdley DY12 2EQ

The Wyre Room is located on the top floor of St George’s Hall.

You don’t need to pre-book, just drop-in at any time between 11am and 2pm.

If you can’t attend but would like to ask us a question about the scheme, please contact us at the Environment Agency: BLBFRMS@environment-agency.gov.uk

 

* Please note: On 20 February, the drop-in will be held in the main hall instead of the Wyre Room.