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

LAST UPDATED

16th April 2018

The Creekmoor Channel

The Creekmoor Channel

The Sterte Channel

The Sterte Channel

 Off-peak lane closures – A350 Dorset Way

For the Creekmoor works, one westbound lane will be closed to allow the safe delivery of materials & equipment to site, from 9.30am – 3.30pm on the following dates:

16th – 20th April*
23rd April, 30th April and 14th May

*please note, on the 18th & 19th April there will be a peak morning lane closure starting at 7am.

Project Overview

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

The flood defence at Creekmoor will form a bridge to improve the existing foot/cycle way by removing the ‘dog-leg’ next to the Upton Bypass.

  • The works at Creekmoor will start in April and last for approximately 9 weeks. Working hours 7.30am – 5.30pm, Monday-Friday, however there may be some working outside of these hours for activities that are affected by the tides.
  • The works at Sterte will follow completion of the Creekmoor project, taking around the same sort of time and same working hours.
  • Flood defence design information can be found below

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

Maintaining access during the works

Public use of the Holes Bay footpath will be maintained throughout the works, through the use of minor diversions or temporary paths.

Some road lane closures around the sites will be necessary to offload machinery and large deliveries. These will be carried out during off-peak hours on specific days and will be advertised on road signs.

Creekmoor channel

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

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

The structure across the mouth of the channel will be 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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