Jackson has completed the £1.3m Leicester Conveyancing Scheme at Loughborough Road on behalf of the Environment Agency and Leicester City Council. Now complete, this scheme will provide additional flood protection to over 600 properties in the local community.
The scheme began early summer 2017 and involved the construction of a new relief culvert under Loughborough road. It aims to reduce the flood risk to properties upstream on the River Soar catchment by allowing flooded waters to dissipate more quickly downstream, preventing them from being held back by the existing road bridge and embankment.
When not in flood, the relief culvert will operate as a functional subway for pedestrians and cyclists linking the Thurcaston road in the South with Melton Brook in the North. This will provide a safer alternative than at present, negating the need to cross the busy Loughborough road above. An added benefit of this innovation is the potential to reduce local airborne pollutants such as PM (particulate matter), by encouraging the community to walk or bike as an alternative to driving.
As the scheme is situated along a main route into Leicester city centre, throughout the project the site team has made significant endeavours to minimise disruption to traffic and pedestrian movements through the city.
The site team programmed works to accommodate major events scheduled in Leicester City centre. The team worked seven days a week during the final stages of the scheme to ensure the road was reopened to facilitate the annual Diwali festival in October 2018.
Neighbouring the site is Leicester Senior Service Club (LSSC) whom have applauded the workforce for being ‘extremely courteous, friendly and very helpful’ whilst working around the club. Strengthening the relationship between the two, the site team also refurbished the access steps to provide a safer entrance to The Club.
Chairman of LSSC, Brian Johnstone MBE said: “Considering the nature of the work and the proximity to the club, there has been no disruption and in fact, when we had a function involving the Mayor of Leicester, the French Consul and the press, they were extremely helpful with regarding to parking and access to the club”
Partner Leicester City Council has also accepted responsibility for the structure once complete. This will involve the ongoing management and maintenance of the culvert.
Environment Agency’s Area Flood Risk Manager, Paul Lockhart said: “ The Loughborough Road Flood Alleviation Scheme is an excellent example of partner organisations working together to deliver multiple benefits for the community, making the area a much safer, better place to live and work.”