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GE Award 2012

Foxbank Bewdley: Winner of the Ground Engineering (GE) Awards 2012 for Best UK Project with a Geotechnical Value up to £1M. Highly Commended in the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) West Midlands Awards 2011. 

Following rain storms in Worcestershire, movement occurred in retaining walls and steep garden slopes rising above and behind “Foxbank”, a house on the busy Cleobury Road in Bewdley. Power supply poles in the garden tilted and foul sewerage pipes were fractured with extremely dangerous and unpleasant consequences.

Short term stability during excavation of slipped debris, retaining walls and access routes had to be addressed for the safety of the workers and the properties above. Anchors taken into the stable rock at depth were seen as the best way to provide such support.

WM Longreach, devised a means of doing the work using their specialist plant at a cost substantially below that of the other alternatives and would be largely completed over the summer period critical to stability. This concept proved extremely successful and the stabilisation works were completed within the period anticipated due to the hard work of the site staff and the on-site monitoring and continuous response to ground conditions as they were revealed. The flexibility embodied in the design allowed for appropriate adjustments and efficient use of resources resulting in a finished result which provided greater and more extensive stability than originally anticipated at virtually the same cost.

The judges favoured this project due to the effort put in to ensure minimal disruption to the land owner and the innovative solution which saved many weeks off the programme.

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