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The coastline was subjected to severe adverse weather which resulted in Sunderland's coastal defence sustaining damage. Several schemes were completed to improve the integrity.
This included; ground investigation works and marine surveys of the existing North Pier, recovery of South Pier coping stones, removal and replacement of concrete slabs and wall repairs.
The most severe damage occurred at North Pier whereby 35m of the masonry was breached, resulting in erosion of the rubble infill and loss of approximately 20m of pier. Essential repair works were completed and approximately 2500t of rock armour was placed in total.
The coping stones at the New South Pier were dislodged during the storm. These were recovered from the sea bed and stored until the works were completed to reposition and fix them back into place.
Metal and timber repair works were undertaken to the No.1 Dock Gate which was damaged during the storm, including repairs to the locking mechanisms and hydraulic operating systems.
The crash framework to the top of gate was reinstalled and dock gate rigorously tested. Historical drawings were used to assist with repair and fabrication of new parts.
Due to the emergency nature of the works, each design was value engineered to ensure the best value would be attained.
Delivered on behalf of Thirteen Group, this affordable housing scheme provided a total of 34 properties comprising 4 two-bedroom bungalows, 10 two-bedroom houses and an apartment block housing 20 two-bedroom apartments.
Each house and bungalow include parking spaces or driveways and the apartment block includes a 30-space car park.
The apartments and houses are two-storey with the design complimenting the surrounding area. Internally, the properties have an open style living area and the first-floor apartments include a glass balcony with metal balustrades and timber rails.
The arrangement of the properties provides a continuous noise barrier against traffic noise and a 1.8m high timber acoustic fence was also erected.
Mapplewell comprised the construction of 25 two and three-bedroom properties.
All properties were constructed over two storeys and arranged in small terraces and semi-detached.
External works included all necessary car parking provisions and garden landscaping.
Delivered on behalf of Loxley Homes, Village Mews is a stunning development of 18 two, three and four-bedroom properties located in the picturesque village of Darley.
Designed to integrate with the local environment and architecture, the development includes 6 different property designs and comes complete with the highest quality in specification and stonework.
Steenberg’s Yard is a development of 28 two and three-bedroom apartments which will be situated above 4 commercial units.
Located in the lower part of Ouseburn Valley, the housing is aimed at people who want to live within a creative community.
The Ouseburn Valley has gained a reputation over the last 30 years for being home to artists, makers and creative businesses, transforming a derelict post-industrial landscape into a vibrant cultured location in the city.
The apartments will benefit from outdoor terraces and views across the Ouseburn River.
Esh-Stantec, working in partnership with Northumbrian Water, was appointed to undertake 3 phases of work to manage surface water in the Killingworth and Longbenton areas of North Tyneside.
It was identified that 3,594 properties are considered at risk of flooding, with over 500 properties known to be affected.
Works comprised of SuDS measures being delivered at multiple sites, this involved the diversion of a designated main river and the provision of storage across multiple sites.
The team delivered a suitable and sustainable solution with a greater level of flood protection to properties and wider benefits to the community.
Burchester Court is a three-storey building comprising 60 new one and two-bedroom extra care apartments, all with accessible and open plan living space and substantial bedrooms. Each apartment boasts a private front door, a contemporary kitchen and a stylish bathroom wet floor with decorative level access shower area. A full height window in the main living area forms the ‘heart’ of the apartment – an ideal space for connecting with family and friends.
Delivered by Esh’s commercial build division, the accommodation provides an independent living option for local residents aged over-55 who have care and support needs, or those who may have them in the future.
To encourage community interaction and reduce isolation, there is 24-hour onsite care, the Garden City café, a hair and beauty salon, lounges and gardens for socialising, as well as a guest suite for family or friends to stay overnight.
Esh’s civil engineering division is on site delivering Phase 3 of the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor (SSTC3). The £40m SSTC3 project – which is being delivered on behalf of Sunderland City Council – will create a new 2.5km uninterrupted dual carriageway link to the Northern Spire bridge and the city centre.
SSTC3 comprises bulk earthworks, geotechnical engineering, road surfacing, new cycle and footways, drainage, security fencing and road restraint, drainage head walls and significant retaining structures. A new western entrance and manned security house will be created into the Pallion Shipyard site and existing highways which are impacted by the new Transport Corridor also require road widening, junction improvements roundabout improvements.
500 metres of retaining structures have been installed to date, making it one of the largest retaining structures on any UK highways scheme. The retaining structures were necessary to create space for the highway between the former Pallion Shipyard and the upper existing highway and Tyne & Wear Metro line, given a height difference of 20 metres separated the bordering land.
Benefits of the development include improved connectivity to the city centre, reduction of congestion and journey times, improvements in public transport, cycle and pedestrian routes, and improvement of the urban environment and road safety.
On behalf of Byker Community Trust, existing Grade II* listed properties within the Byker Estate underwent roof refurbishment along with minor external envelope repairs and the replacement of canopies and porches.
The roofs to 376 properties were replaced with concrete tiled roofs that matched the original specification from when the estate was built and 33 properties with metal profiled sheet roof were also replaced.
Avondale House was included in the programme of works and provides high quality accommodation to veterans. The building underwent a full roof replacement, with repairs to the timber and externals of the building and balconies.
Thirteen Group Headquarters comprises of two, three-storey wings either side of a central atrium.
The flexible, modern office space is open plan but designed to facilitate partitioning and is capable of sub-division to enable use by various occupiers.
Both onsite and offsite car parking facilities were including in the scheme.
Works comprised the installation of all new traffic signalisation measures to better control the flow of traffic at both north and southbound approaches.
Further works also comprised of carriageway widening works through localised closure of sections of the roundabout.
The college building was constructed in the centre of Hartlepool, providing purpose-built teaching accommodation to replace the Church Square campus which was initially built during the 1960s.
The three-storey building houses a bespoke workshop and studio facilities, whilst a 600msq building was also constructed which houses a lecture theatre, café and studio space.
The existing office building was retained and refurbished, and a link corridor created to the new building. The site included new car parking facility with 104 spaces, as well as outside seating an Amphitheatre.
Esh-Stantec, working in partnership with Northumbrian Water, was appointed to carry out works which involved the separation of Marden Quarry and other sources of surface water from the public sewer network.
Works undertaken included the installation of a 5m wide and 9m deep shaft and associated underground drainage.
This created a new surface water drain to separate out the existing flows from Marden Quarry pond from the combined sewer, therefore increasing the capacity and mitigating the flows from other systems.
The project comprised the restoration of the historic North Marine Park, located on South Shields’ seafront. The scheme was commissioned to return the park to its original Victorian heritage by restoring its existing features, including the grotto and the grand promenade staircase.
Delivered by Esh’s civil engineering division for South Tyneside Council, improvement works were undertaken to the park’s open areas, including the lighting, seating, footpaths and bowling area. A themed play area was installed, with its design reflecting the Borough’s maritime links and Roman heritage.
Through improvements to the area around the Lawe top, there is now a viewing platform for the coastline, harbour and mouth of the river.
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