Latest Update from the Environment Agency:
River wall improvement works
Further significant and complex engineering works from the river are scheduled until August 2020. Our priority now is to provide additional stability to the overall construction. This will help us plan any further measures that may need to be put in place to continue to safeguard the weaker sections of river wall. We are continuing our routine site monitoring activities during this phase of the construction.
We will continue to work with those most affected to clarify our plans to repair and reinstate the landward side as more information is known. We recognise that it is important that residents have the opportunity to agree with us exactly what and how this will be achieved at their property.
Forecast for next week
Work will continue throughout next week to install waling beams (to further support the newly constructed steel sheet piled wall) and to extend existing drainage pipes on the landward side (to drain through new outlets to the river). Works will also start to install ground anchors to the landward side using specialist equipment sited on the jack up barge.
It remains the case that our contractor will need to make adjustments to their programme of activities (sometimes at short notice) in order to ensure the works remain on schedule and are completed as efficiently as possible.
Wall strengthening and embankment raising at Fitzalan Road
Our activities to improve the flood defences (north and south of the A27 road bridge) are now close to completion. Some localised finishing works still remain to ensure that the new construction is built to the required design parameters. It is important that the finished scheme is acceptable from a public health and safety perspective as well as providing the required level of flood protection.
Over the coming period, we will write directly to those riverside owners/occupiers most affected by our work at Fitzalan Road. We remain committed to ensuring that land and infrastructure is reinstated to its original condition. We recognise that it is important that you have the opportunity to agree with us exactly what and how reinstatement will be achieved at your property.
There will continue to be increased construction activity on the opposite side of the river (south of the A27 road bridge). You will start to see operatives dig post holes (using a mechanical auger) and install the king piles (small concrete posts) as they make improvements to the crest of the river bank. Please be aware that the river bank footpath will be closed (from the A27 road bridge to the Windmill on the adjacent river bank) until the end of September 2020.