A flood of interest from engineering students

First year civil engineering students took a close-up look at £31m defences being constructed to protect against floods and future sea level rises.

They were taken on a tour of the Adur Tidal Walls scheme which is being carried out by Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, Adur District Council and West Sussex County Council.

The new defences at the mouth of the river Adur at Shoreham include steel sheet piling, concrete walls, flood glass and earth embankments.

When completed, the scheme is expected to significantly reduce flood risk to more than 2,300 properties in Shoreham and East Lancing, and will protect local infrastructure including roads, the railway line and Brighton City Airport at Shoreham.

The visit was part of the students’ Civil Engineering Practice module. Students were able to examine close-up sections of the scheme carried out by civil engineers Mackley, working as part of Team Van Oord.

Dr Friederike Günzel, Senior Lecturer in the University’s School of Environment and Technology, said: “It was an extremely interesting and informative site visit, and the students enjoyed it despite the cold weather.”

Read more about the visit on Dr Günzel’s post.

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