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This section of bank is vulnerable to erosion and had not received any major improvement works for decades, leaving parts of it relatively low and with a narrow crest width.

As part of the wider 20 year Broadland Flood Alleviation Project, BAM Nuttall was appointed as main contractor specifically to carry out floodbank strengthening and footpath resurfacing along this stretch of the River Yare.

While another soil reinforced mesh product was originally specified, BAM Nuttall consulted specialist supplier, Burdens, who advised that a significant time and cost saving could be achieved with a specially designed slope system.

Enviromesh visited the site and designed an all-in-one steel mesh facing unit that would create, retain and support the flood bunds, as well as providing the grass protection mesh which needed to be installed on the new floodbank crest to reduce erosion caused by walkers and ensure the footpath could be reopened as soon as possible.

Neil Holmes, commercial director at Enviromesh, explained: “We visited the site and were able to design an all encompassing mesh system specifically for the needs of this project, which was much more cost effective than the original specification.

“We created an all-in-one unit design, with more efficient use of materials to get 710 metres long and two metres high embankment stabilisation using green plastic coated welded mesh with a 120 year design life.

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