This important flood alleviation project delivered additional drainage capacity under the A372 at Beer Wall in Somerset. The A372 is a strategically important part of the Somerset highways network, acting as the main route between the areas of Langport, Yeovil and the A303 which was prone to heavy flooding.
The project involved the excavation of two new river channels and installation of two large tilting weirs to connect the Sowy River and the Langacre Rhyne to newly installed culverts upstream and downstream of Beer Wall. This has more than doubled the amount of water that can flow underneath the road and reduced the risk of future flooding.
Located in the Somerset Levels and Moors Special Protection Area, the project is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a RAMSAR site.
Working together with Somerset County Council and the Environment Agency we were able to reduce carbon emissions, re-use materials and improve biodiversity in the area.
An innovative approach to the re-use of waste and design collaboration helped to deliver a 60 per cent reduction in carbon together with cost savings for the customer. It also successfully diverted 98 per cent of construction waste from landfill.
The project received a Silver Green Apple Award and also won the Constructing Excellence South West Civil Engineering Project of the Year Award.