VolkerStevin has completed emergency work in Cockermouth under its emergency works contract for the Environment Agency.
Following wet weather and subsequent high-water levels on the River Cocker back in October last year, approximately 50m of river side retaining wall fell into the river, leaving the foundations of the existing flood defence walls exposed.
The team worked collaboratively in the recovery phase for the Environment Agency on a plan for a temporary solution, while a design for a more permanent repair is developed.
The works involved strengthening a 50m section of river side retaining wall and involved placing 300 rock bags along the riverbank, in front of the existing flood wall, to avoid these being damaged in future high flows.
Stuart Newby, national framework manager for VolkerStevin said: “We are pleased to have completed these significant emergency works in Cockermouth on behalf of the Environment Agency. The work was undertaken quickly, before damage to the flood walls could occur, allowing us to strengthen existing flood defences in the town, until a more permanent solution is developed.”