7th August 2020

FRAMEWORK UPDATE: ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been completing essential works for the Environment Agency. We have held regular Health and Safety briefings both internally and externally to ensure we carry out any works safely and in line with the latest government guidelines.

Werrington Sluice near Peterborough
Dean Evans our experienced Supervisor oversaw the works at Werrington Sluice, which commenced during the first week of lockdown. The site was located within the local country park with public access.

Our onsite team followed the necessary precautions to complete the works safely. We displayed social distancing posters either side of the bridge to keep pedestrians moving at a safe distance. We also erected an information board in the park, Dean regularly updated the board, to keep people informed without the need for them to stop and ask questions.

Pymmes Brook, London Borough of Enfield
This project involved the modification of seven weirs along Pymmes Brook to encourage natural processes, improving river habitat (ecology and geomorphology) as required under the Water Framework Directive.

Our Works Manager, Rod Heath supervised the project, which included the removal of up to a third of the weir length and installation of in channel features to create berms and encourage a sinuous platform.

Medway and North Kent
The Medway and North Kent Trash Screen Improvements project was completed ahead of programme whilst enforcing social distancing practices with a reduced workforce.

“I have been around to all three sites and they all look good” – Environment Agency Project Manager

 

“These are just a few of the many projects we have completed for the Environment Agency since the onset of Covid 19 in March. As the works we carry out for the Environment Agency, in maintaining and improving flood defence assets, are classed as ‘Essential’ we have maintained our workload throughout and have a healthy forward programme for the rest of 2020 and into next year. I am pleased with how all the site (and office based) teams have adapted to the new working procedures and have been able to continue to deliver the works in safe and timely manners.” – Robin Percy, our Framework Manager