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Event Organiser: ICE

Site visit: Ouse Washes barrier banks, Cambridgeshire

  • Lecture
  • Cambridgeshire
  • 20 September 2018
  • 16:00 - 18:30
Site visit: Ouse Washes barrier banks, Cambridgeshire

About this event

The Ouse Washes is the largest are of washland in the UK; it is also the third largest flood storage reservoir by volume. Following an inspection under Section 10 of the Reservoirs Act 1975, and extensive hydraulic and geotechnical analysis, works were recommended to the reservoir dam, known as the Middle Level Barrier Bank. This resulted in a four-year scheme to raise the bank using 250,000m3 of clay sourced from local pits. The working window is restricted to a period of 16 weeks between July and October because of the high sensitivity of this environmentally designated site.

Join us to learn more about the engineering and environmental challenges the project team has been dealing with along with an historical insight into this 350-year old water management system. Members of the team will give a short presentation followed by a site visit. Site transport will be provided but please bring your own PPE – hard hat, boots, hi-viz, gloves and glasses.

Due to the site access and space constraints the site visit is limited to 12 places and must be pre-booked.

Please note: This is a slight change from the previously advertised event.

For more information please contact Nicola Oldfield
e: [email protected]


Nicola Oldfield, Environment Agency
Martha Taylor, Mott MacDonald
Brendan Saunders, Jackson Civil Engineering

Event venue

Ouse Washes - exact location TBC
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Glen Owen

e: [email protected]