Canford Cliffs set for stabilisation

September 22, 2020

RSK’s geotechnical engineering specialist, CAN Geotechnical, has been awarded a £2 million contract as part of a £2.5 million programme to undertake slope stabilisation and improvement work at Canford Cliffs in Poole, UK.

Following a landslip to a section of the sea cliff below the Cliff Drive area in 2017, the ground has been closely monitored and investigated by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council – including the Poole Cliffs Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI), part of which is in the area under consideration. A risk of further instability was identified and, in July 2020, CAN Geotechnical was appointed to undertake the essential cliff-stabilisation work.

CAN will start work on site in September and will stabilise the 30-metre-high, 200-metre-long section of the cliff over a nine-month period. This will involve drilling over 1600 steel soil nails (with additional epoxy paint corrosion protection) up to 15-metres deep into the cliff face, along with more than 50 drains drilled into the slope. A high-tensile stainless steel netting and erosion control matting system will then be installed over the entire slope.

In the 1970s, a novel ‘transverse beam’ stabilisation system was installed; this resembles a rope ladder draped over the cliff to retain the loose soil on the surface, and an important part of the work will be to remove this expired structure. Further challenges relating to the site include the ecological element and local wildlife, as well as minimising any public disruption. Reptile relocation is already under way to remove protected slow-worms from the site. Works will be undertaken by CAN with strict environmental controls to ensure the SNCI area is maintained and protection given to important species such as sand lizards and Dartford warblers.

As the project is in a popular tourist and residential area, CAN will also ensure the works fit with the site footprint, and measures will be employed to minimise disruption. These will range from minimising the visual impact of the work to controlling the noise and vibration throughout the area. A programme of community briefings and engagement events for residents is planned.

Speaking about the project, CAN’s Business Development Director, Ben Foulger, said: “Further to the work to safely and permanently stabilise the landslip-prone cliff face in this regionally important area, CAN will also be undertaking preparation work for later stages of the scheme, such as the installation of new electricity and water service routes down the cliff. This will facilitate further seafront improvements planned by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.”

🥳 #RSKgroup company RSK Biocensus is delighted to have been named Large Consultancy of the Year at the 2022 Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) Awards.

🏆 The awards aim to celebrate the outstanding work of ecologists and environmental managers who work to protect and enhance the natural environment, and are the highest honour an ecological consultancy can receive.

👏 Well done RSK Biocensus! Find out more following the link in bio now

#rskfamily #sustainablebusiness
...

📣 We are SO excited for the launch of the new kit for @cafcofficial with #RSKgroup as the official front of shirt sponsor

⚽ A retro-inspired design with the classic Charlton Red with RSK #spotted on the front

👏 "We Are One Club! A big thank you to all those members of the Charlton family who came together to help launch our 22/23 Castore home kit" - Charlton Athletic Football Club

#cafc #rskfamily #football #sponsor
...

📸 #selfiesonsite 🤳

Ryan Dunderdale, Senior Surveyor at Central Alliance, providing technical support and on-site training to datum plate install teams down in Bristol.

Want to join our team? View our latest opportunities 👉 www.rskgroup.com/careers

#RSKgroup #behindthescenes #meettheteam #RSKfamily #RSKonsite #engineering #construction
...

🌟 In the June edition of our #employeespotlight, we spoke with with Rosie Pearce at Stephenson Halliday and Carmen Snowdon at WRc Group to find out about their recent achievements 🏆

👏 Congratulations to you both!

Click the link in our bio to find out more!

#rskfamily #employeeapprecitation #team #landscapeinstitute #instituteofwater #architecture
...

"If you don’t feel valued, represented and respected in your workplace, then inevitably your #wellbeing will suffer.”

📌 In our latest edition of #ADayInTheLife, we spoke with Ellen Lapworth-Maisey, Wellbeing, #Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at RSK – a fascinating position that helps to create an inclusive and empowering #culture for all RSK staff.

Click the link in bio to learn more!

#RSKGroup #RSKfamily #diversity #inclusion #mentalhealth
...

Copy link
Powered by Social Snap