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The South East Thatcham Flood Alleviation Scheme Blog

The South East Thatcham Flood Alleviation Scheme is a project to build several surface water retaining earth embankments at Dunstan Green Park, public open space near Kennet School, and carry re-profiling of the Harts Hill Road and Francis Baily Primary School and Kennet School playing field.  The scheme aims to reduce surface water flood risk to 62 properties at the south east of Thatcham.

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.

2016 - Flooding in Station Road, Thatcham

South East Thatcham FAS - COVID-19 Update

Written on: 14-4-2020

The Thatcham flood defence scheme works fall under the Reservoirs Act 1975 and therefore considered as being "essential" by West Berkshire Council, the Environment Agency and DEFRA.

We will hopefully be able to continue uninterrupted to completion subject the contractor's supply chains being uninterrupted.


South East Thatcham FAS - Week 50 and 51

Written on: 17-3-2020

Floral Way

The removal of material from the new reservoir is still in progress together with the construction of the access road around the perimeter of the reservoir.

Due to the continued wet weather the basin has collected a significant amount of water making it difficult to access the working areas within the basin. The contractor has begun the process of dewatering to allow the works to continue.

wk50-51 Floral Way - Dewatering the basin
wk50-51 Floral Way - Dewatering the basin

wk50-51 Floral Way - Dewatering the basin
wk50-51 Floral Way - Dewatering the basin

Dewatering the basin
wk50-51 Floral Way - Access Road
wk50-51 Floral Way - Access Road
wk50-51 Floral Way - Access Road
wk50-51 Floral Way - Access Road

Construction of access road around the reservoir

 

Dunston Green Park

The contractor has continued forming the final bund (Bund 2) which extends from the existing car park, across the watercourse, and along the southern edge of the allotments.

wk50-51 Dunstan Green Park – Bund formation
wk50-51 Dunstan Green Park – Bund formation

Panoramic view of the bund works - Dunstan Green Park (South)

wk50-51 Dunstan Green Park – Bund formation
wk50-51 Dunstan Green Park – Bund formation
wk50-51 Dunstan Green Park – Bund formation
wk50-51 Dunstan Green Park – Bund formation
Dunstan Green Park (South) bund works

 

Siege Cross

The removal of material excavated to form the basins at the north and south end of Siege Cross Park is being continued.

The contractor has completed forming bunds at the north end of the park and the remaining tie-in bund in the Kennet School playground. Bund no. 7 has also been completed which is located at the south-east end of the park. This bund is accompanied by a granular footpath which is currently under construction.

wk50-51 Siege Cross - Excess material removal
wk50-51 Siege Cross - Excess material removal

Removal of excess material excavated from site nearing completion

wk50-51 Siege Cross - Bund complete
wk50-51 Siege Cross - Bund complete
wk50-51 Siege Cross - Bund complete
wk50-51 Siege Cross - Bund complete
Flood defence marker installed, completing the bund works in Kennet School playground and Siege Cross Park (North).
wk50-51 Siege Cross - Forming bund 7
wk50-51 Siege Cross - Forming bund 7
wk50-51 Siege Cross - Forming bund 7
wk50-51 Siege Cross - Forming bund 7
Bund 7 formed and flood defence marker installed 
wk50-51 Siege Cross - Bund 7 Footway
wk50-51 Siege Cross - Bund 7 Footway
wk50-51 Siege Cross - Bund 7 Footway
wk50-51 Siege Cross - Bund 7 Footway
Granular footway construction near the Bund 7 

 


South East Thatcham FAS - Week 48 and 49

Written on: 10-3-2020

Floral Way

The removal of material from the new reservoir is on-going and the construction of access road around the reservoir has continued this week. The entire site is still very wet and progress has been slow.

wk48-49 Floral Way - current earthworks
wk48-49 Floral Way - current earthworks
Continuing excavation of the surplus material
wk48-49 Floral Way - View of the spillway
wk48-49 Floral Way - View of the spillway

View of the spillway

 

Dunston Green Park

The contractor has completed the realignment of the carriageway and footpath on Harts Hill Road which allows flood water on the road to flow into the new swale at the northern end of Dunstan Green. The footway has been tarmacked and is now open for use.

At the southern end of the park, the contractor is forming the final bund which extends from the existing car park, across the watercourse and along the southern edge of the allotment.

wk48-49 Dunstan Green Park – existing footpath lowered
wk48-49 Dunstan Green Park – existing footpath lowered
wk48-49 Dunstan Green Park – existing footpath lowered
wk48-49 Dunstan Green Park – existing footpath lowered

Dunstan Green Park (North) - existing footpath lowered

wk48-49 Dunstan Green Park – Bund formation
wk48-49 Dunstan Green Park – Bund formation
wk48-49 Dunstan Green Park – Bund formation
wk48-49 Dunstan Green Park – Bund formation
wk48-49 Dunstan Green Park – Bund formation
wk48-49 Dunstan Green Park – Bund formation
wk48-49 Dunstan Green Park – Bund formation
wk48-49 Dunstan Green Park – Bund formation
Dunstan Green Park (South) Bund works

 

Siege Cross

The removal of material excavated to form the basin at the north and south end of Siege Cross Park is almost complete.

The contractor has finished forming the basin and has nearly completed the bund at the north end of the park. The realigned footpath has been tarmacked and is now open for use. The final surface will be laid once all other adjacent earthworks are completed.

wk48-49 Siege Cross - Earthworks
wk48-49 Siege Cross - Earthworks

wk48-49 Siege Cross - Earthworks
wk48-49 Siege Cross - Earthworks
Removal of excess material excavated from site nearing completion 

wk48-49 Siege Cross -  North basin & bund
wk48-49 Siege Cross - North basin & bund

 

North basin and bund structure has now been complete

 
wk48-49 Siege Cross - Granular footway
wk48-49 Siege Cross - Granular footway
wk48-49 Siege Cross - Granular footway
wk48-49 Siege Cross - Granular footway
Granular footway nearing completion 
wk48-49 Siege Cross - Existing footway removed
wk48-49 Siege Cross - Existing footway removed
 
Existing footway being removed 

 


South East Thatcham FAS - Week 46 and 47

Written on: 24-2-2020

Floral Way

The removal of surplus material from the new reservoir is ongoing. Due to the continuous wet weather works to complete the basin area have had to stop until the ground dries.

The contractor is constructing an access road around the reservoir which provides vehicular access into the site for maintenance purposes as well as access into the adjacent fields.

wk46-47 Floral Way - Aerial footage
wk46-47 Floral Way - Aerial footage
Aerial footage of the current progress
wk46-47 Floral Way - Earthworks progress
wk46-47 Floral Way - Earthworks progress
Continuing excavation of the surplus material
wk46-47 Floral Way - Access Road
wk46-47 Floral Way - Access Road
wk46-47 Floral Way - Access Road
wk46-47 Floral Way - Access Road
Recycled aggregate being used as bulk fill capping layer for the access track

 

Dunston Green Park

The contractor has completed the realignment of the carriageway and footpath on Harts Hill Road which allows flood water on the road to flow into a new swale at the northern end of Dunstan Green.

In addition, the shaping of the new bund adjacent to the swale is completed.

wk46-47 Dunstan Green - HHR North, lowering the footway
wk46-47 Dunstan Green - HHR North, lowering the footway
wk46-47 Dunstan Green - HHR North, lowering the footway
wk46-47 Dunstan Green - HHR North, lowering the footway

Harts Hill Road (North) - existing footpath lowered

wk46-47 Dunstan Green - HHR South, lowering the footway & Carriageway
wk46-47 Dunstan Green - HHR South, lowering the footway & Carriageway
wk46-47 Dunstan Green - HHR South, lowering the footway & Carriageway
wk46-47 Dunstan Green - HHR South, lowering the footway & Carriageway
Harts Hill Road (South) - footpath and carriageway realigned
wk46-47 Dunstan Green - Swale formation
wk46-47 Dunstan Green - Swale formation
wk46-47 Dunstan Green - Swale formation
wk46-47 Dunstan Green - Swale formation
Dunstan Green Park (North) - Swale formation complete
wk46-47 Dunstan Green - Marsh Meadow swale
wk46-47 Dunstan Green - Marsh Meadow swale
wk46-47 Dunstan Green - Marsh Meadow swale
wk46-47 Dunstan Green - Marsh Meadow swale
Marsh Meadow swale being formed
wk46-47 Dunstan Green - Bund formation
wk46-47 Dunstan Green - Bund formation
wk46-47 Dunstan Green - Bund formation
wk46-47 Dunstan Green - Bund formation
Dunstan Green Park (North) - Completing bund formation

 

Siege Cross

The excavation of surplus material and forming of bund at the north end of Siege Cross Park is almost complete.

The contractor has laid the granular sub-base and tarmac for the new realigned footpath route. Final surface tarmac layer will be laid once the topsoiling works are completed.

wk46-47 Siege Cross - New footpath realignment
wk46-47 Siege Cross - New footpath realignment
wk46-47 Siege Cross - New footpath realignment
wk46-47 Siege Cross - New footpath realignment
Constructing new footpath for the proposed footpath realignment 

wk46-47 Siege Cross - New footpath realignment
wk46-47 Siege Cross - New footpath realignment

wk46-47 Siege Cross - New footpath realignment
wk46-47 Siege Cross - New footpath realignment
Siege Cross Park (North) - new footpath route 
wk46-47 Siege Cross - Earthworks progress
wk46-47 Siege Cross - Earthworks progress
 
Siege Cross Park (North) - Nearing completion of excavation of surplus material 

 

 


South East Thatcham FAS - Week 44 and 45

Written on: 10-2-2020

Floral Way

The removal of surplus material and the final shaping of the side slope and the base level of the reservoir are still be delayed by wet ground conditions. However, some progress has been made this week.

wk44-45 Floral Way - spillway
wk44-45 Floral Way - spillway
View of the spillway
wk44-45 Floral Way - earthworks progress
wk44-45 Floral Way - earthworks progress
Continuing excavation of the surplus material

 

Dunston Green Park

We are continuing with the carriageway and footpath realignment on Harts Hill Road. The contractor has completed laying the granular sub-base and tarmac base course on the carriageway.

wk44-45 Dunstan Green - HHR North, lowering the footpath
wk44-45 Dunstan Green - HHR North, lowering the footpath
wk44-45 Dunstan Green - HHR North, lowering the footpath
wk44-45 Dunstan Green - HHR North, lowering the footpath

Harts Hill Road (North) - existing footpath being lowering

wk44-45 Dunstan Green - HHR South, lowering the carriageway
wk44-45 Dunstan Green - HHR South, lowering the carriageway
wk44-45 Dunstan Green - HHR South, lowering the carriageway
wk44-45 Dunstan Green - HHR South, lowering the carriageway
Harts Hill Road (South) - Laying granular sub-base for the carriageway
wk44-45 Dunstan Green - HHR South, lowering the carriageway
wk44-45 Dunstan Green - HHR South, lowering the carriageway
wk44-45 Dunstan Green - HHR South, lowering the carriageway
wk44-45 Dunstan Green - HHR South, lowering the carriageway
Harts Hill Road (South) - Bituminous surfacing for the carriageway
wk44-45 Dunstan Green - HHR South, lowering the carriageway
wk44-45 Dunstan Green - HHR South, lowering the carriageway
wk44-45 Dunstan Green - HHR South, lowering the carriageway
wk44-45 Dunstan Green - HHR South, lowering the carriageway
Harts Hill Road (South) - Carriageway surfacing
wk44-45 Dunstan Green - Earthworks progress
wk44-45 Dunstan Green - Earthworks progress
wk44-45 Dunstan Green - Earthworks progress1]
wk44-45 Dunstan Green - Earthworks progress1]
Earthworks progress

 

Siege Cross

The excavation of surplus material is on-going at Siege Cross Park. However, ground condition are still very wet and progress in forming the bunds and realigning the existing footpath has been slow.

wk44-45 Siege Cross - Footpath realignment
wk44-45 Siege Cross - Footpath realignment
wk44-45 Siege Cross - Footpath realignment
wk44-45 Siege Cross - Footpath realignment
Installing new footpath for the proposed footpath realignment 

 wk44-45 Siege Cross - earthworks progress
wk44-45 Siege Cross - earthworks progress

wk44-45 Siege Cross - earthworks progress
wk44-45 Siege Cross - earthworks progress
Earthworks progress