This 36-house rural development is located on a brownfield site with areas in Flood Zone 3. The project consisted of the construction of 36 rural houses on the site of a historic mill, which previously had the largest water wheel in Great Britain at 60 feet in diameter. Fairhurst were commissioned to provide a Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage Strategy for planning, and later retained to provide full civil and structural services by the design and build contractor CField, and later Building Solutions (EU) Ltd.
The works also involved hydraulic modelling of opening up the previously culverted River Stour and the dam upstream of this. We were later tasked with providing civil and structural design services for the residential development, including highways and drainage design; and in addition, provided designs for the construction of a new highway bridge across the river and retaining walls along the banks of the river, as well as the provision of a new reinforced concrete spillway and reinforced grass auxiliary spillway.