Construction of an 850m long sheet pile river wall by Volker Ground Engineering has got underway as part of Volker Stevin’s work on a flood defence scheme at Strood in Medway.
The contract awarded by Medway Council through its Medway Highways Infrastructure contract with Volker Highways involves flood defence improvement and raising ground level.
In addition to the new river wall, Volker will also demolish an existing concrete storage building, carry out remediation work and install 10,000 ground drains to fast track consolidation of the earthworks to raise ground levels.
“We are pleased that the flood defence works are now underway,” said Medway Council portfolio holder for strategic regeneration and partnerships Rodney Chambers. “This is the first phase of development at Strood Waterfront which will pave the way for future development of the site which has breath-taking views across the river to Rochester castle and is close to two railway stations. The works at the waterfront compliments the ongoing regeneration programme in Strood and I look forward to seeing the works completed.”
Work on the project is expected to be completed in April next year.