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Steeple Bumpstead Flood Defence Scheme

Client: Environment Agency
Value: £4.5m

Jackson Civil Engineering recently completed work on a £4.5m flood alleviation scheme in Steeple Bumpstead, Essex.

The village was at a high risk of flooding because two brooks, from Bumpstead and Helions Bumpstead, meet in the village. Following periods of heavy rainfall in 2007 and 2009, the brooks burst their banks, and numerous houses in the village were flooded.

Following these events, work began in February 2013 to re-profile sections of each channel, and included the replacement of six river crossings, including footbridges, road bridges and a ford.

The project was chosen to champion the ICE’s ‘This is Civil Engineering’. This is a national initiative which aims to illustrate the importance of civil engineering to the public, and the Steeple Bumpstead project was thought to be a shining example as it combined such a variety of construction methods with challenging conditions, restricted access and a very strong public interface.