Students from the University of Brighton have benefited from ‘real life experience’ though a visit to a civil engineering site in West Sussex.
Last month a group of students visited the Clays Lake site, near Pease Pottage, where flood prevention works are being carried out by Mackley working as part of Team Van Oord.
The works at Clay’s Lake are being carried out as part of the Upper Mole Flood Alleviation Scheme which was developed by the Environment Agency after floods in the Crawley area during 2000.
The works comprise the removal of an existing dam which is being replaced with a larger dam. This will increase the lake’s capacity from 10,000 cubic meters to nearly 400,000 cubic meters, thereby reducing the risk of flood during periods of heavy rainfall.
Associated works include the excavation of a ‘borrow’ area to provide materials for the new dam, and mitigation measures including the creation of a pond and tree pruning.
The site visits are being organised in partnership with Dr Maria Diakoumi, Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering in the School of Environment & Technology at the University of Brighton.
In addition to organizing the site visits, the Mackley team has also made a series of presentations at the University on issues relating to sustainability and environmental awareness on civil engineering sites.