Flood protection in Northwich

The Environment Agency is constructing a new flood defence scheme to reduce the risk of flooding to some 400 homes and businesses in Northwich, Cheshire.

Engineers construct a flood wall in Northwich
Engineers construct a flood wall in Northwich
  • Updated: 05 November, 2015

Northwich town centre is at risk of flooding from the Rivers Dane and Weaver and the town has experienced severe flooding in the past. This was difficult time for residents when many properties flooded and main roads had to close.

The £5million scheme, part funded by the local authority, involves raising the height of existing defences through the town to increase the level of protection.

A variety of flood defences will be installed, including:

  • flood walls and embankments
  • ground raising
  • flood gates
  • demountable defences.

As well as the defences being installed along the banks of the River Dane and the River Weaver, work is also taking place at Northwich Quay. A piling rig, run from a floating pontoon, will also be installed in the River Weaver.

The work is being carried out by Galliford Try Black & Veach joint venture, and is expected to be finished by spring 2016.

Flood defences around Northwich Quay
Flood defences around Northwich Quay
A This Is Civil Engineering banner on a construction site
A site shows a This Is Civil Engineering banner

Explore our educational resources

Looking for help in explaining what civil engineering is? Visiting a school and looking for inspiration? If so we've got materials for you. From classroom exercises to hands on experiences such as building a suspension bridge, we've got lots of resources to inspire.

Explore our educational resources