East Midlands-based A & V Squires has started work alongside principal contractors Jackson to provide second phase support to the Nottingham Leftbank Flood Alleviation Scheme – a £51m Environment Agency project designed to cut flood risks by 50% to more than 16,000 homes and businesses along a 17-mile stretch of the River Trent between Sawley and Colwick.
A & V Squires’ role has included pre-contract work on environmental mitigation, earthwork requirements, constructing of the flood bank and the infilling – through the use of thousands of tons of rock – as well as with the creation of more wetland for the wildlife habitat that already exists on the site.
“This is a critical and challenging project vital to the lives of many people and organisations in this part of Nottingham and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with Jackson to make it happen,” said Squires’ Managing Director Rob Squires.
“We now have over 40 years’ experience and increasingly we are being asked to work on projects of this magnitude which shows the confidence and faith that customers such as Jackson have in our ability to support them.”
Thousands of tons of clay have already been deposited at the site and ten highly specialised machines are involved in the ongoing construction work. The planned finish date for the scheme is May 2012, although the area around Sawley and Trent Meadows is already complete. Work is currently focused on Attenborough, Beeston and Colwick.
A & V Squires has been involved in the Nottingham Leftbank Flood Alleviation Scheme since work began in 2009.
“We have a long standing and professional relationship with A & V Squires that goes back many years,” said Jackson’s Project Manager Andy Higton.
“We had every confidence that on such a high-profile project that they would be ideal to support us and they have once again provided an excellent standard of work.”
Another key factor behind Jackson’s appointment of A & V Squires as its main sub-contractor on this project was its use of biodegradable hydraulic oil and diesel in all its plant machinery, demonstrating the company’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact.