Two Flood Alleviation Projects, Banbury

Buckingham Group and Morrison Construction

We have recently been engaged in recording the progress of not one but two separate flood alleviation projects in Banbury, Oxfordshire, both of which were undertaken by clients working with the Environment Agency. One, located close to a canal, was carried out on behalf of the Buckingham Group and entailed ground remediation and the construction of embankments on a site 450m long. The other was commissioned by Morrison Construction and involved multiple civil engineering works on four separate sites close to the M40 and the River Cherwell. One of these sites measured approximately 3km in length and required extensive works, including diverting the course of a stream, changing the levels of the land and constructing a series of concrete flow control structures in and around the water catchment areas. Continue reading “Two Flood Alleviation Projects, Banbury”

Iron Age Hill Fort, Cheshire

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Since May 2010, we have been working with professional archaeologists from Cheshire West and Chester Council, helping to record a series of digs on three of the county’s most prominent Iron Age hill forts. We had previously worked on Helby and Eddisbury but our most recent project was at Kelsborrow Castle near Northwich, which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The site had previously been investigated on two occasions, once via a dig in 1973 and later, in 1996, in the form of a limited geophysical survey. Although the surviving banks are nearly 2m high in places, recent assessments had found that the monument was sustaining erosion damage due to ploughing, livestock tracks and wheel rutting from farm vehicles, so another dig was proposed. Continue reading “Iron Age Hill Fort, Cheshire”

Wharf Repair Project, Thames

Morrison Construction

In 2010, the Environment Agency gave the green light to a £4.2 million refurbishment project designed to restore four separate river frontages that form part of the Thames Tidal Defences in East London. The existing frontages on the four sites were beginning to fail and Morrison Construction was appointed as part of a multi-agency project team that was given the task of reinstating them. Known as the Greenwich Laporte Rainham (GLR) Tidal Walls project, the scheme was implemented in 2010 and 2011 and went on to receive an award for efficiency in the Agency’s 2011 Project Excellence Awards. Continue reading “Wharf Repair Project, Thames”