Rotherham Renaissance Flood Alleviation Officially Opens

The Rotherham Renaissance Flood Alleviation officially opened on 7th November 2022. The barrier will now reduce the flooding risk to 5,500 homes, 400 businesses and strategic highway, rail, and tram assets.

Rotherham Town Centre suffered significant flooding in June 2007 and November 2019, affecting over 135 homes and 300 businesses. The project which has taken several years to complete, has seen Pell Frischmann’s involvement since 2018. We were appointed by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council to work on a much-needed flood alleviation scheme to reduce the risk of flooding from the River Don and its tributaries. The flood defence extends along a 5km stretch of the river and through the town centre.

Our work as lead consultant was initially to undertake preliminary work on the Rotherham to Kilnhurst Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS) such as hydraulic modelling, viability assessments, and support with funding applications. Our involvement in the project grew and continued into the delivery of the Phase 2C Canal Barrier at Forge Island and the Phase 2A Flood Alleviation Scheme. We also worked alongside sub-consultants KGAL (barrier design) and Ecus (landscape architecture).

Pell Frischmann’s Head of Environmental Management and Sustainability, Mark Dunquemin said:

It has been great to be involved in a project which is about protecting communities from flooding and the devastation this causes. I am proud to be part of a team and a sector that helps contribute to this overall aim.

Keeping our environmental focus in mind, we have supported the use of ultra-low-carbon concrete during the construction of the Canal Barrier at Forge Island resulting in a 70% reduction in embedded carbon.

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