Collaborative working key to success at Sutcliffe Park

Working as part of Team Van Oord and on behalf of the Environment Agency, Mackley is midway through a project to reduce the risk of flooding to a number of properties in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Under the £1.2m Sutcliffe Park Trash Screen Project, Mackley is designing and constructing a new screen to protect an existing culvert that forms part of the river Quaggy flood alleviation scheme, which was completed in 2006.

Sutcliffe Park is a large, tree-lined park in the western part of Eltham, with areas of open grassland, meadow and wetland.

Rich in wildlife, and with the river Quaggy meandering through its midst, Sutcliffe Park has been declared a local nature reserve and is one of Greenwich’s Green Flag sites.

The new trash screen is an upgrade of an existing screen and will prevent debris from being carried into the culverted section of the river, where it could hinder the effective operation of the flood alleviation scheme.

Due to recent flooding upstream at Eltham Road, the Environment Agency requires the new screen to be installed and operating as soon as possible, and to that end the project has been deemed as emergency works.

The project also incorporates a new permanent vehicular and pedestrian access into Sutcliffe Park, MEICA and landscaping of the area adjacent to the trash screen.

Concept design started in mid-2017 and construction began in the last quarter of 2017, with works due to be completed in the third quarter of 2018.

24 July 2018

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