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BWB appointed to support Severn Stoke Flood Alleviation Scheme

11 July 2022

Worcestershire village Severn Stoke has a long history of heavy flooding from the River Severn, with the frequency significantly increasing over the last two decades. This affects a number of private residential homes, as well as the 500-year-old Rose and Crown pub, and the grade II listed 14th  century St Deny’s church and village hall. 

As such, the Environment Agency announced a £1.8m scheme to help protect the historical village, with BWB appointed to provide both pre-planning technical support and detailed design engineering services. 

BWBs proposed flood alleviation scheme comprised of an approximately 1km long earth bund, with the crest of the bund to be set above the July 2007 flood level – a notable year of severe flooding for the village – alongside an additional freeboard allowance. 

With the scheme receiving planning permission back in November 2022, and detailed designs of the scheme now complete, it’s hoped construction will begin before the end of 2022, and subsequently completed by 2023. 

This important scheme will provide the local community with peace of mind that flooding risks will be significantly reduced and ensure the continued preservation of the historic location.