Flood Defence Repairs, Felixstowe Ferry - Projects - MLM
Flood Defence Repairs, Felixstowe Ferry - Projects - MLM
Flood Defence Repairs, Felixstowe Ferry - Projects - MLM

Flood Defence Repairs – Felixstowe Ferry

Project Information
  • Location
  • Felixstowe
  • Sector
  • Ports & Harbours / River & Marine
  • Services
  • Infrastructure, Civil Engineering, River & Marine Engineering, Biodiversity & Ecology

MLM were appointed under the ARPoW / WEM Framework to undertake the civil engineering design, ecological survey and mitigation for the repair of over 500m of flood defence at Felixstowe Ferry, Suffolk. The works comprised; removing piled crest wall, raising earth crest with imported material and reinstating a footpath.

The initial works identified that the existing defence was significantly higher than specified and as such various value engineering modifications were able to be introduced into the design. The final design comprised removing a piled crest wall, removing tie rods which posed trip hazards to pedestrians, raising and widening of the crest and slope slackening to the rear face. A compacted type 2 footpath was constructed along the crest.

As part of the scope MLM undertook an intrusive site investigation comprising a number of window samples and associated testing. The results were then used to assess the stability of the existing and proposed defence.

We were also instructed to undertake the necessary ecological works; Following the preliminary survey, MLM successfully implemented mitigation for reptiles on site. 196 reptiles were re-located from the works area before works started, with a further 19 reptiles found under ecologist supervision initial clearance of the site. MLM provided prompt pragmatic advice and support to the contractor when a fire broke out on site, to implement measures to minimise further fire risk whilst avoiding unnecessary impacts on protected species. MLM liaised with the client throughout the works to ensure that any amendments to ecological method statements were agreed by all parties before being implemented.

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