Keeping Upton’s appearances
Often known as the most flooded town in Britain, Upton-upon-Severn has finally got a flood defence scheme to be proud of to protect it from future flooding.
Throughout 2010 and 2011 IBS Engineered Products Ltd worked closely with the Environment Agency, their consulting engineer and civil engineering contractors as well as Upton’s town planning department, on the design of the glass to sit atop the flood wall. This element was one of the critical and most sensitive elements of the £4.5 million flood alleviation scheme.
The result of this collaborative working relationship is that the end product is a beautiful demonstration of design and engineering working together. In total, just under 173m linear metres of glass has been installed on this project at a height of 0.5m, which makes it the longest flood defence of its type in the UK.
In this picturesque riverside location, the aesthetics of the flood scheme were of utmost importance to the local community, who were keen to ensure that it would blend in with the look and atmosphere of their town. To this end, IBS were happy to work with their clients to enhance the look of the finished flood wall, resulting in the aluminium components of the glass system being powder coated to a client specified colour.
IBS Engineered Products’ Business Development Manager, Ray Moulds, said: “We’re very proud to have worked on such a high profile project such as this and are delighted with the appearance of the end product, plus encouragingly the feedback so far tells us that everyone else is too. This scheme highlights our capability of working with clients from an early stage and further enhances our reputation as a leading provider of high quality flood protection equipment”.
Upton-upon-Severn Mayor Andrea Morgan added: “A lot of thought has gone into the design of the flood wall with its innovative glass panels, and the reclaimed brick means it blends into our town really well. During the design and construction phase opinions on the scheme were varied, but many people have recently told me this is a great asset for Upton, keeping us open for business during floods.”
Anthony Perry, Flood Risk Manager from the Environment Agency said about the project: “We are delighted that the final phase of construction is now complete and will provide a more resilient flood defence system to protect homes and businesses in the town. The flood defences have already had their first test during April’s rain when they prevented properties in Upton from flooding and enabled the Waterfront to be used for the Folk Festival.”
Information Updated on: 8 August 2012