CURRENT PROJECTS

Holes Bay Flood Defences 2018

 

New flood defence structures for the Creekmoor and Sterte Channels, housing tidal valves to prevent tidal water travelling back up the channels during high tides.

LEAD AUTHORITY

Borough of Poole

WORKING WITH

START DATE

26th March 2018

COMPLETED

23rd July 2018

The Creekmoor Channel

The Creekmoor Channel

The Sterte Channel

The Sterte Channel

Project Overview

New flood defence structures have been constructed at the end of the Creekmoor and Sterte Channels where they meet Holes Bay. The structures house tidal valves which will prevent tidal water travelling back up the channels during high tides. Ground levels around the structures have also be raised using recycled soil to continue the line of flood defences in these areas.

  • The works at Creekmoor started early April 2018 and were completed, to schedule, on 30th May.
  • The works at Sterte followed the Creekmoor project, starting on 30th May and completed, also to schedule, on 23rd July.
  • Progress reports & flood defence design information can be found below.

Poole Council worked with the Environment Agency and Wessex Water to secure funding of some £700,000 to deliver these flood defences. The work was carried out on behalf of Poole Council by Avon Construction Ltd.

Creekmoor channel project

The structure across the mouth of the channel is constructed from two rows of sheet piles driven into the seabed and filled with concrete.

The flood defence structure here forms a bridge with foot/cycle way across the channel, an improvement on the previous route that took pedestrians & cyclists via a ‘dog-leg’ close  to the busy Upton Bypass.

A ‘fish friendly valve’ is included in the Creekmoor structure to ensure eels are not restricted in their migratory movement through the surface water system from Holes Bay to waterbodies upstream, e.g. Creekmoor & Millfield ponds. There is no evidence to suggest fish or eels use Sterte channel. This is because it has a concrete base and sheet pile walls, as well as a pumping station which restricts any movements upstream.

Sterte channel project

The structure across the mouth of the channel is constructed from two rows of sheet piles placed on to the existing concrete base, and filled with concrete.

Why is the work needed?

It has been recognised that parts of Poole are likely to face a higher risk of flooding due to sea level rise in combination with a more frequent occurrence of wet and stormy weather. This project is one of the defence measures identified to help minimise the flood risk.

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