Works on a flood defense scheme in the Staffordshire town of Rugeley are progressing well and on schedule to be complete before the end on 2017, Team Van Oord reports.
The scheme, being carried out by Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency, will help reduce flood risk to more than 114 residential and 157 commercial properties in Rugeley. It also forms an integral part of the local council’s plans to regenerate parts of the town center, TVO said in its release.
The scheme comprises creation of a flood storage area on Hagley playing fields, which will store flood water from the ‘Rising Brook’ which runs through the town and then slowly release it back into the brook. The main feature of the flood defense is an embankment, 380 meters long and four meters high.
“These works are essential to support the future regeneration of Rugeley. At present redevelopment in the town center is constrained by flood risk. Once the scheme is complete this constraint will be removed, which will support future growth and prosperity of the town,” according to Monica Stonham, Team Van Oord’s public liason officer for the scheme.
The sheet piling element of the project is also complete and the Rising Brook is now flowing through its natural path, which is a key milestone for the project, said the contractor.