Newry Flood Alleviation Scheme
The purpose of this Infrastructure scheme is to protect properties located at Armagh Road, Downshire Road, Belfast Road, Craigmore Road, Chancellor's Road and Greenbank Industrial Estate, Newry, from flooding. The works were undertaken by AG Wilson as Principal Contractor on behalf of DFI Rivers and carried out on 4no. sites within Newry.
Works commenced Aug 2021 along the Armagh Road Drain and involved the upgrade of existing culvert the entire line of the watercourse; construction of a section of flood defence wall, construction of a flood defence on both sides of the Derrybeg River and installation of a new culvert at Newry Leisure Centre. Upgrading the existing Downshire stream culvert required the construction of a u-channel within the existing watercourse. Construction of a new inlet grille involved extending the existing twin 900mm Ø culverts to meet the grille area. Two U-Channel sections included flood gates. Construction of two flood defence walls at Greenbank Industrial Estate consisted of sheet piling and flood bunds along the 1km stretch of the Knox-Pebbles Drain. Works at Craigmore Road required construction of a new grille and dredging of the existing watercourse to remove any overgrown vegetation within the channel.
Site was registered to the Considerate Constructors Scheme and achieved an excellent performance level and ranked in the top 70% of miscellaneous sites nationwide. We adopted best practice sustainable initiatives. These included but were not limited to opportunities for local unemployed, apprenticeships, support for local charity, school, promoting careers in construction and proactive enviro enhancements.
Check out the below video which gives an overview of the scale and scope of works