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Jackfield is located 1km downstream of Ironbridge on the south side of the River Severn in the Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire and is part of a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. It is also the site of an historic landslip which has seriously affected residents, industry, rail and road transport since the early 1700’s.
There is only one road across the slip area into and out of the community and since 1982 the road has been overlaid with timber boards to allow the running area to deform with ongoing movements and to facilitate easier maintenance in the short term.
The primary objective of this technically demanding and complex project was to stabilise a 350m length of moving hillside which had the significant potential to experience a catastrophic landslip – which would dam the river and cause major upstream flooding. The total landslide volume was estimated to be in excess of 2 million cubic metres.
The main works involved the installation of around 2100 CFA piles each around 10m long in 9 crescent rows across the slip area of the hillside. These were designed to penetrate just past the slip plane which exists about 7m underground and to resist against further movement.
The potential landslip has now been effectively eliminated and the stabilisation has allowed for improvement of transport links back into the area with a new road and recreational footpaths and cycle ways.
The presentation will discuss a little of the history of the area and the delivery of the scheme from the Contractor’s perspective, including the challenges faced in maintaining a level of stability, temporary works and a couple of more unusual logistical difficulties.
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Simon is a Contracts Manager with McPhillips in Telford, in charge of multiple civil engineering schemes as well as participating in the pre-qualification and tendering processes. He has more than 30 years’ experience as a contractor in the industry, both in the UK and in the Middle East on projects ranging from military runways and major highways to tunnelling, piling and structures.
Simon joined McPhillips in 1990 as a young Engineer, leaving ten years later to pursue his own business interests as a Planner and freelance Project Manager. For thirteen years Simon worked with various Contractors, Professional Services companies and Utilities before returning to McPhillips in 2013 to head up their tender bid for the Jackfield stabilisation scheme.
Following the successful award of this contract, Simon went on to manage the project through its life. This culminated in recognition for the project by winning the ICE West Midlands Geotechnical Award and Overall Award for an outstanding example of a civil engineering project completed in 2016.
Simon is currently managing multi-million pound design and construct highways projects for Birmingham City Council as well as high profile schemes for Shropshire Council.