The River Roch in Bury, Lancashire, has a huge natural weir. This weir is next to a large industrial park, with many businesses and heavy energy usage.
A feasibility study delivered a solution to use the weirs natural resources to feed the estate. After extensive ecological surveys, the project was given the go ahead. The plan was to build a reverse turbine hydroelectric power plant.
industrial energy use
large natural weir
bespoke formwork solution
We were contacted by Boys Construction Ltd in the concept stages of the project, which enabled us to assess any likely challenges early.
Access to the site was a problem and an existing sluice gate construction, which controlled water levels was another challenge.
The project is at heart a “Green Energy” scheme, so every aspect of sustainability and environmental impact were key in any build planning.
By working closely with the contractor and the project consultants Hallidays, we were able to understand the challenges and use our experience to create a cost effective plan.
Our design team were instrumental in early site visits to resolve the three main areas:
As we have national teams, the design, depot and technical sales team were all local to the project. This made support for revisions and site visits, which were crucial to this project a lot quicker and easier for the customer.
Re-engineering of the old structure into modern integrated CAD drawings was necessary by our design team, as the original structure had no drawings due to its age.
Many alternatives for the scheme were discussed, but our panel formwork system, Frami, was the best solution due to its flexibility. This enabled us to adapt a flexible, modular system to create a bespoke solution.
A friendly and helpful member of staff as always on the other end of the phone when we called, equipment was of excellent standard and technical support was swift and effective. We had confidence in the reliability of the equipment and the service provided by Mabey Hire.
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We can work with you from initial concept design through to project completion, across all aspects of temporary works.
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