Flood protection wins acclaim

A FIRM has won acclaim from its industry for carrying out emergency flood protection work in Morpeth.

During the £2million project on behalf of the Environment Agency following the 2008 flooding, Interserve Project Services replaced stone cladding and cappings on a concrete flood wall running along Carlisle View and put up a 40-metre wall to replace an eroded embankment at Newmarket car park.

The Teesside-based business also repaired and cleared blockages in the Cotting Burn culverts that had contributed to the flooding.

When the works were being carried out, a colony of crayfish was discovered.

Guided by experts from Natural England, an Interserve team trapped the crayfish and removed them until they had built refuges into the culvert walls of the finished scheme. A new concrete floor deliberately roughcast also encouraged the protected species to recolonise.

It has now won Interserve a commendation in the Regional Project of the Year Awards given by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (North East).

Itsd Regional Director, Douglas Kell, said: “The judges were impressed by the efficient way in which the firm carried out this vital work, including its unexpected diversion into nature conservation.”