Commercial property experts from Bruton Knowles helped broker necessary permissions to enable Southern Water to complete the flood alleviation measures – on the site of a key memorial garden in the town.
The existing sewer carries both household wastewater and rainwater which means it is at risk of flooding and can lead to water backing up in the pipes and flooding nearby properties.
Contractor Clancy Docwra is installing larger sewer pipes and a new underground stormwater storage tank some 21 metres underground and capable of holding up to one million litres of water during heavy rain before release back into the network for treatment.
The project, which began last November, is expected to be completed this summer
Steven Drennan from Bruton Knowles’ Guildford office said the project, though not the largest, had presented contractors with a unique set of challenges.
“The Royal George Memorial Ground is a well-known site in Ryde and commemorates the loss of HMS Royal George, which sank in 1782.
“There were rumours there could be human remains within the site – but this was not the case. Even so everybody involved had to proceed with the greatest possible care to install the storm tank to coincide with other streetworks being carried out in the area.”
“They needed to occupy most of site to sink the storm tank and we were called in to negotiate with the council for use of site, which will be sensitively restored to provide a public open space over the top of the buried tank once it is finished.
“We are seeing more and more councils looking to work in close collaboration with utilities to achieve the best results – within the timeframe demanded by the public.”
Bruton Knowles has helped broker a number of integrated schemes across the region tackling a range of environmental issues as diverse as urban flooding, endangered species and even chronic traffic problems.