Jackson’s scheme to protect homes in north Birmingham won the award for Top Heritage Project at the ICE West Midlands Awards.
Phase 1 of the Perry Barr & Witton Flood Risk Management Scheme was a £6.5m project along a restricted urban river corridor on the River Tame in central Birmingham. The scheme delivered increased protection to 1,400 residential properties and bought significant environmental enhancements to the river channel.
Part of the Perry Bar & Witton FRMS story shows how collaboration between Jackson, the Environment Agency, local artists and Birmingham City Council looked to make the River Tame safer, as well as reinstating it as a positive focal point for the local community, preserving its rich local heritage. This was achieved by incorporating unique features on the new flood wall along Brookvale Road and establishing a nature trail along the river.
In addition, Brendan Hawthorne, Poet Laureate of Wednesbury wrote a new poem inspiring people to walk, explore and re-engage with the River Tame.