Thursday, May 12, 2022

News: New canal barrier superstructure in place

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An eye-catching new addition to the Rotherham townscape has been installed - a new multimillion pound canal barrier at Forge Island.

The Rotherham Renaissance Flood Alleviation Scheme (RRFAS) aims to provide flood defences to ensure that Rotherham town centre, including the central station, are more resilient to future flood events.

Work began last year on Phase 2C - a canal barrier at Forge Island where the site of the former Tesco store is set to be home to an eight screen cinema, a 69 bed hotel, four restaurants and car parking.

The barrier now has a mild steel main gate with a large curved structure over the navigable canal at Brown's Cut (near Rotherham Lock), located close to where the canal separates from the River Don.

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Centregreat Engineering manufactured and installed the barrier for Jackson Civil Engineering, who are delivering the £3m scheme for the client Rotherham Council.

A spokesperson for Jackson Civil Engineering, said: "The installation of the arch is the culmination of eight months work.

"The structure will reduce the risk of flooding in the town whilst its stunning arch design will compliment town centre development."

Other work in the area includes 0.5km of new flood defences upstream of Rotherham United's AESSEAL New York Stadium, located along the canal side near Ickles Lock, the canal towpaths, Brinsworth Street and the railway.

Jackson Civil Engineering website

Images: Jackson

10 comments:

Anonymous,  May 13, 2022 at 9:44 AM  

I wouldn't exactly call it eye catching. From the pic, it looks like a giant padlock!

Anonymous,  May 13, 2022 at 11:34 AM  

Still think they've missed a trick by not having a small marina down there,canal/Riverside is s major unutilised area of town ,that many towns would be envious to have,a small marina with a few bars around it would be a good addition to town.

Anonymous,  May 13, 2022 at 8:02 PM  

I agree with the above comment really have missed a trick here!

Anonymous,  May 14, 2022 at 10:40 AM  

It does look good though when you walk past it

Anonymous,  May 15, 2022 at 3:44 AM  

There's still enough room down there for moorings/small marina and room for some bars below appartments,if someone had vision ....but of course we're talking Rotherham!

Anonymous,  May 15, 2022 at 5:26 PM  

Notwithstanding the earlier snide comment, the barrier is eye-caching and quite attractive. Let's hope it does the job.

Anonymous,  May 15, 2022 at 10:33 PM  

How small / big would it be? And over than being a water feature how much income would it generate, the space wouldn't allow for much more than Victoria Quays, maybe a dozen canal boats. Victoria Quays doesn't have much life just offices. Maybe Lincoln is a good example but we don't have the space something on t the same scale. Some of the Wharfs in Leeds would be a good blueprint, but we don't bring n the same investments as Leeds, so would struggle to pay for it.

Anonymous,  May 16, 2022 at 6:23 PM  

I wonder why it is that some Rotherham citizens constantly run down our town and any attempts to improve it. Really sad!

Anonymous,  May 17, 2022 at 10:14 AM  

Probably because we look at the feeble attempts they make and how they haven't got a clue how to run a large town,then we look at what likes of Barnsley and Doncaster are doing ,and realise ,were light years behind them!

Anonymous,  May 17, 2022 at 5:08 PM  

I have no issue with anyone who exercises their right to criticise when they see inefficiency or incompetence. What I find wearisome are those who become so jaundiced that they are incapable of acknowledging any positives or progress whatsoever because it would threaten to undermine their petty, carping narrative.

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