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7th May 2011

Award Winning Daniels Mill

WM Longreach are delighted to announce that they are the Winners of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) West Midlands Geotechnical Project Award for Daniels Mill Slope Stabilisation Works.

Following slope failure after the flood events in Summer 2007, this sensitive earthworks project was undertaken to protect this famous Mill and maintain support to the viaduct abutment of the adjacent historic Severn Valley railway, from further movement of the slope.

Critical to the success of the project was maintaining close working between all parties, including the Mill owners, Severn Valley Railway, insurance and legal bodies, Clients Representative, Designers & Contractor. With a very restricted site and the need for the Mill to remain open, this was essential. Identifying the right solution to address the slope failure and the selection of an experienced Contractor was essential; the approach to a working partnership and a safe work method were identified as key factors.

Work commenced on site in October 2009 with the removal of the failed material from the slope and the formation of a bermed temporary batter. A basal drainage layer was installed followed by the construction of a reinforced soil wall comprising 16 layers of geogrid and stone to a height in excess of 8 metres. The final slope was graded back from the new earth wall to a shallower profile some 13 metres above the Mill’s parking area. Despite the coldest winter for many years, work was finished in February 2010 with the completion of a Wenlock stone wall feature to the lower section of reinforced soil wall to match the existing character of this historic Mill.

Update: Subsequently this project was highly commended by Ground Engineering Awards 2011. Please refer to our awards page.

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