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Tull Way Flood Alleviation Scheme Blog

News and updates on the Tull Way Flood Alleviation Scheme in Thatcham

The Tull Way Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS) is a scheme to build a surface water retaining bund to significantly reduce the flood risk to over 250 properties to the south of Tull Way in Thatcham.

The flood storage reservoir will temporarily store up to 40,000m3 of flood water in a 1 in 100 chance per year flood, releasing it slowly to prevent flooding in Thatcham. As the volume is more than 25,000m3 of water, it comes under the Reservoirs Act 1975 and a Reservoir Panel Engineer is employed by West Berkshire Council as a third party checker on the design and construction, with further periodic checks once the reservoir is in operation. 

This scheme is one of three flood storage reservoirs to reduce flood risk in Thatcham, with Cold Ash having been built in 2014 and a third reservoir at Floral Way planned for construction in 2018.

pdf icon You can view the design drawing for the scheme online [1Mb].

We'll upload news and weekly updates here as the scheme progresses.

For any questions, comments or further information, get in touch with the Highways Projects Team.

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Tull Way FAS Update - End of Week 22

Written on: 13-11-2017

Having completed most of the earthworks, this week we started removing excess soil from the site.

We also worked on the top of the bund to construct the access track.

For further regular updates, please see our Twitter feed at #WBerksRoads.

Access track construction
Access track construction
Muckaway
Muckaway

Tull Way FAS Update - End of Week 21

Written on: 8-11-2017

This week we completed topsoiling the north and south side of the bund. The drainage has also been installed on both sides - this includes PVC pipe covered with shingle (gravel) and runs along the toe of the bund to intercept any water that flows down the bund slope.

For further regular updates, please see our Twitter feed at #WBerksRoads.

Laying of pipe 03 11 2017
Laying of pipe 03 11 2017
Topsoiling 03 11 2017
Topsoiling 03 11 2017

Tull Way FAS Update - End of Week 20

Written on: 27-10-2017

This week we completed the western bund to finished level. Next week, we will be working to complete top soiling the entire bund. Following this, we will be undertaking the placement of Enkamat and sowing grass.

The control structure is now complete and we are expecting the delivery of the Penstock next week.

We will also be working this Saturday to undertake drainage works.

For further regular updates, please see our Twitter feed at #WBerksRoads.

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Tull Way FAS 26.10.17 b
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Tull Way FAS 26.10.17 c
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Tull Way FAS 26.10.17 d
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Tull way FAS 26.10.17 a

 

 


 


Tull Way FAS Update - End of Week 19

Written on: 23-10-2017

 

This week we completed the steel fixing and concrete pour for the control structure-stairway.

We made good progress laying top soil on the eastern end of the bund until we experienced wet weather on Thursday. We also laid two layers of material on the western bund.

Next week, we aim to undertake drainage works and progress further with the earthworks.

For further regular updates, please see our Twitter feed at #WBerksRoads.

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Tull way 201017 2

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Tull Way FAS Update - End of Week 18

Written on: 16-10-2017

This week has been very productive on site.

We had a delivery of some new plant machinery on site - A Komatsu Moxy Dumper truck and Komatsu Bulldozer D61PX. This has enabled us to make lots of progress placing and laying the material for the bund. We are currently on layer 17 of the Eastern bund and have now finished the spillway to formation level.

As we are making lots of progress with the earthwork we are organising getting more material delivered to site to finish the work.

Also, we finished the steel fixing for the western wall of the control structure. On Friday, we received three deliveries of concrete and poured it into the formwork. We aim to strike the wall next Monday and begin working in the stairs.

To continue on our winning streak, we plan to continue this by undertaking work on Saturday to make the most of the dry weather.

For further regular updates, please see our Twitter feed at #WBerksRoads.

Tull Way Week 18 - 1
Tull Way Week 18 - 1
Tull Way Week 18 - 2
Tull Way Week 18 - 2