Galliford Try and Black & Veatch will carry out appraisal work for UK’s largest inland flood risk scheme

Flooding 2014

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A Galliford Try and Black & Veatch joint venture has won an appraisal role on the UK’s largest planned inland flood risk scheme.

The GBV venture has been appointed to assess feasibility, undertake outline design and create a business case for protecting more than 15,000 properties along the River Thames from flood risk, including all communities between Datchet and Teddington.

The work encompasses many areas affected by major flooding in the winter of 2013-14.

Once funding is secured, this major engineering undertaking will see the creation of a new flood channel running parallel to the River Thames between Windsor and Shepperton.

In addition the capacity of the weirs at Sunbury, Molesey and Teddington will be increased; and the Desborough Cut widened.

The full scope of eventual works is expected to be worth £300m.

“In recent years we have experienced some of the UK’s worst floods, and we expect the extreme weather which caused them will become more frequent. This makes the appraisal work a significant step in reducing risk to more communities along the Thames,” according to Matthew Nott, director for GBV. 

Galliford Try undertakes the bulk of GBV’s construction work. In addition to some construction services Black & Veatch provides consulting and design services.