Flood prevention work in Chester-le-Street Market Place is nearing completion

Work to uncover the 87m stretch of the Cong Burn is due to complete early Autumn.

Esh’s civil engineering division, Esh Civils, has been on site in the heart of Chester-le-Street since January 2019.

Delivered on behalf of Durham County Council, and in partnership with the Environment Agency, the Chester-le-Street flood prevention scheme is essential to prevent a long history of flooding within the town.

The development comprises the opening of the 87m stretch of the Cong Burn, which previously flowed under the market place. The open river channel can now be seen flowing for the first time since the Burn was covered in 1931. The arched brickwork reflecting the train viaduct identifies the openings to the remaining culverts.

Work is ongoing to construct brick flood walls to the North and South of the river, and preparations are being made to create the North river bank. The South river bank has been covered with a topsoil retention matting to prevent erosion when the river flows are higher.

To create a brighter, park-like feel, Yorkstone paving surfaces the market place with bespoke underlit granite benches and planters completing the area, providing an enhanced and more modern appearance for the busy town centre.

The charity staff and trustees are grateful to the professionals that have worked on site and off, during this complex project to ensure a first-class facility that promotes and preserves local heritage for generations to come.” 

Pauline Bishop, Chief Executive, Sherburn House