An update on the proposed upgrading of the flood defences protecting London and riverside areas alongside the Thames in Essex and Kent has been announced by the Environment Agency.
Thames Estuary Asset Management 2100 programme (TEAM2100)
The Environment Agency inspects all defences in London and the Thames estuary at least annually and in most cases twice a year. To make the most efficient use of our 10-year work programme, we need to carry out more detailed investigations into the condition of some of these defences. Investigating tidal defences TEAM2100 is carrying out detailed engineering and structural investigations into the condition of tidal flood defences in London and the Thames estuary. This work began in March 2015 and will be largely complete by March 2016. The defences include the Thames Barrier and 350 kilometres of flood walls and embankments, smaller barriers, pumping stations and flood gates. This system of defences protects 1.25 million people and £200 billion worth of property. Many of the defences are over 30 years old, and in some cases over 100 years old. Our investigations will provide us with information about the condition of individual defences and about the system as a whole. What we learn from these investigations will inform our 10-year work programme of refurbishment and replacement, and our management of the system of defences over the next 100 years. About TEAM2100 TEAM2100 will carry out the first part of the Environment Agency’s Thames Estuary 2100 Plan, which sets out how to manage tidal flood risk in the Thames estuary throughout the 21st century. TEAM2100 will improve tidal flood defences in London, Kent and Essex from 2015 to 2025. For TEAM2100, the Environment Agency has formed an integrated team with engineering and programme management firm CH2MHill, construction partner Balfour Beatty and other specialist contractors. Smartlinks | The Environment Agency | Government and Public Administration | Environment – See more at: http://www.noodls.com/view/D175318EBF3878078ED0957A7861AC5D236DC836?4683xxx1431348769#sthash.dARyMoj3.dpuf
This story certainly appears to be a “Good News” story for American based CH2M HILL’s as another major UK project is handed over to the USA based company.
“Commenting on the contract win CH2M HILL’s Managing Director for Europe, Mark Thurston, said: “We are delighted to have been named delivery partner for the TEAM 2100 Programme. This project is a vital piece of infrastructure that fits closely with our other major programmes in London, including Thames Tideway Tunnel, Crossrail and High Speed 2. Not only will this programme help maintain London as a globally competitive city, it also provides a significant boost to the British engineering sector and the creation of long-term employment in the UK jobs market, with the project requiring skilled engineers throughout the planning, investigation, maintenance and refurbishment works of the next 10 years.”
It remains to be seen whether UK investment into flood prevention will start to bear any relationship to the sums already allocated to flood defence in the Netherlands.