River Thames Scheme (Datchet to Teddington) – latest news
Joint Venture issues
By Ewan Larcombe - 17 January 2015
Apparently the Environment Agency
has appointed GBV (a Galliford Try and Black & Veatch joint venture) to
assess the River Thames Scheme
(CN - 11/12/2014 below).
In spite of being accused by the EA
of being a 'vexatious complainant' I asked myself - are we about to repeat
the mistakes of the past and make a bad situation worse – or can we take
this opportunity for some honesty, openness and transparency and do the
right job right?
Consequently I e-mailed Sir Philip
Dilley (new Chairman of the EA Board) on 15/1/2015 in order to enlighten him
with some history that he may be unaware of and I am now waiting patiently
for a response. This is what I said………..
New Civil Engineer reported recently that a Galliford
Try/Black & Veatch consortium had been awarded a Lower Thames Scheme
Being relatively new to your position I am not sure
whether you know that Black & Veatch took over Lewin Fryer and Partners
soon after the Jubilee River (MWEFAS) failures of 2002/3 and before the
£2.75m out-of-court settlement some years later for sub-standard design
Barbara Young actually attempted to hide the Jubilee
River structural problems by deleting elements from the draft Board
Furthermore Clive Onions (of Arup like yourself)
conducted a year long investigation into the flooding and produced a
series of recommendations in 2004 that have not been incorporated by the
My offer to show you how your organisation is making
Taplow Control Structure adjustments at midnight and manipulating the
presentation of the web hydrographs in order to hide intensified
downstream flooding remains open.
Maybe you could let me know please what action you
intend to take?
The extract from Construction News is shown below:
CN - 11/12/2014
GBV appointed to 15,000 home flood risk plan
A Galliford Try and Black & Veatch joint venture has
been appointed to an appraisal of flood risk for 15,000 homes.
The appraisal will assess all communities between
Datchet and Teddington, where flood risk will be reduced by the River
Many of the areas affected by last winter’s floods
will be assessed.
The contractors will determine feasibility, undertake
outline design, and create a business case for the scheme.
“In recent years we have experienced some of the UK’s
worst floods, and we expect the extreme weather which caused them will
become more frequent. This makes the appraisal work a significant step
in reducing risk to more communities along the Thames,” according to GBV
director Matthew Nott.
Once funding is secured, a new flood channel running
parallel to the River Thames between Windsor and Shepperton will be
In addition, the capacity of the weirs at Sunbury,
Molesey and Teddington will be increased; and the Desborough Cut
Mr Nott added: “To facilitate this, we will be
undertaking outline design, and a diverse range of environmental,
geotechnical, hydraulic and economic assessments; drawing upon
experience gained on the Jubilee River, Olympic Park, and Thames Tideway
(Extract from Construction News - 11 December, 2014 |
By Tom Fitzpatrick)
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