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ABP Commissions Mason Clark

29th March 2012

ABP Commissions Mason Clark

Associated British Ports (ABP) www.abports.co.uk commissioned Mason Clark Associates to advise on the suitability of using the huge jack-up barge 'JB114' close to the Humber quayside in Hull docks to aid the storage and distribution of wind farm parts following the announcement that Lincolnshire Wind Farm Ltd has chosen to have its base at the Port of Hull.

Using their marine and engineering expertise, Mason Clark had to consider the effects that the huge jack up barge would have on the existing quay.  The jack legs exert a force of 2000 Tons each and therefore can have a significant effect on the material in the river bed.  A set of detailed operational requirements were established to ensure the barge can operate safely without affecting the existing quay.
 

N-ICE Award for Mason Clark!

26th March 2012

N-ICE Award for Mason Clark!

We are delighted to have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence at the Gala Dinner and Award Presentation on 16 March 2012, together with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Galliford Try, for our involvement in the Raywell Valley Flood Alleviation Scheme. 

The Scheme, which had originally been submitted for the Centenary Award, has been designed to hold back 18 million litres (4m gallons) of water in a series of terraced lagoons in the event of a 1 in 75 year rainfall event. These lagoons are situated off Eppleworth and Westfield Road to the north of Castle Hill Hospital.

The construction of the scheme by Galliford Try started in April 2011 and was completed in August 2011; there were a number of technical challenges associated with the construction of the lagoons including the fact that they were positioned above one of Hullís drinking water supplies.

Huddersfield's New Waterfront Quarter

6th March 2012

Huddersfield's New Waterfront Quarter

Mason Clark Associates is lead consultant for the £2m restoration of the Huddersfield Waterfront Quarter. The works will provide a waterfront surrounding to the newly constructed Kirklees College and unlock surrounding development plots owned by Kirklees Council.

The project involves the demolition of an engineering works, site remediation and major engineering works to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.  Speaking to the Huddersfield Examiner, our Engineer and Director, Graham Helme, said the 200 year old site had to be tested to look for contamination.  It was a surprise when the tests came back to reveal only one source of contamination as the site has been home to engineering works all its life. 

The canal works also involved the removal of the roof from a 350m long tunnel and the construction of a new lock chamber to raise the water level to that of the adjacent plots.

Close co-operation with British Waterways, Kirklees College and Clugston Construction has allowed the works to be completed within a 5 month canal closure and the Collegeís canal water cooling system inlets and outlet and surface water drainage to be incorporated into the scheme.

http://www.examiner.co.uk/environment/environment-news/2012/03/06/pushing-the-boat-out-at-huddersfield-s-new-waterfront-quarter-86081-30470873/2/

East Yorkshire Flood Alleviation Schemes

14th February 2012

East Yorkshire Flood Alleviation Schemes

Mason Clark are providing design services for East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council for the Willerby and Derringham Flood Alleviation Scheme (WaDFAS) and the Cottingham and Orchard Park Flood Alleviation Scheme (COPFAS).

These two schemes that have come into being following the flooding in 2007 have recently been awarded feasibility funding from the Environment Agency.

Works carried out by Mason Clark on the project include the acquisition of topographic survey data and using an integrated catchment model of the area. We have been able to identify flood flow paths so that we are able to appropriately place storage lagoons, earth bunds and new watercourses.

These projects involve the creation of one of the most complex integrated urban catchment models undertaken in recent times, which will help us plan to reduce the risk of flooding in the future.

Approved Supplier to the NHS

10th February 2012

Approved Supplier to the NHS

Mason Clark Associates are now on the Approved List of Consultants to the NHS for Civil, Structural and CDMC for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust.  

One of the projects where we were asked to provide our services was the Ambulance drop off bays at Hull Royal Infirmary Eye Hospital.  The Humberside and East Yorkshire (HEY) Trust were faced with impracticalities for ensuring a safe place for their patients to be dropped off close to the clinic due to the traffic and on street parking in the vicinity.

The preferred option was to provide a layby off the carriageway and divert the footpath around the layby.  This option was agreed and approved by Hull City Council Highways.  Consultation with statutory undertakers found that services were present and diversionary works would be required which were not in keeping with the scope of works.  As such, an alternative approach has been designed so that the layby is constructed within the carriageway (locally around 4.8m), protected by build outs and leaving the footpath as existing. 

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