River Restoration & Flood Barrier Construction
Spurred by the rise in residential flooding due to the dramatic rain events of the winter of 2013-14, Enfield Council sought to construct a flood barrier to the east of Firs Farm Park. In fitting with the Council’s holistic design philosophy, this project was combined with the restoration of a river that formerly ran through the park but had been diverted into an underground culvert decades ago - the resulting spoil from the excavation of the river being used to form the barrier.
The watercourse excavation was facilitated by state-of-the-art machines equipped with laser control systems linked with computer design software, which combined with the experience and skill of the operators helped bring the council's vision to life. Meanwhile, the flood relief bund was carefully constructed using a combination of rollers and bulldozers - also fitted with laser control systems - to ensure the material was sufficiently compacted to provide protection from dramatic flood events.
During the construction, Turfdry’s experienced team worked closely with the Council’s engineering department to ensure that the aesthetic ambitions of the project were realised as well as the practical ones. A recent visit to the site to catch up with its natural development revealed the efforts were not in vain, and a rich bounty of plants and animals are flourishing along the river’s winding route and shallow pools.
Subsequent to Turfdry's involvement with the project, the scheme was subject to a public vote, and won an additional £175K in funding to expand its scope to include the construction of new cycle paths around the park and additional wetland planting, to further enrich this new hub of natural beauty and ecological protection.
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