Published On: February 24, 2024

Vital Storm Drainage Upgrade on Bath's Victoria Park Road Mitigates Flooding

We have been appointed by Bath and North East Somerset Council (BANES) to carry out crucial storm drainage upgrade works at Baths’ Royal Victoria Park Road. The project will eliminate flooding issues plaguing the lower road walkway to the park.

The project’s primary focus is to install a linear road drainage system, a new carrier pipe, and associated road and footway works, and reusing many of the Bath stone kerbs where possible. These enhancements are designed to significantly increase drainage capacity and prevent recurrent flooding, providing a safer and more accessible environment for the local community.

A unique challenge facing planning was the presence of numerous Oak, Willow, and Ash trees, each protected by preservation orders. To preserve ‘tree-health’ during trench excavation, the crown of roots were delicately hand-dug to reveal their size and enable the Council to determine if they could be safely cut to accommodate the new trenches required for the drainage upgrade.

The project, with a total estimated value of £150,000, is scheduled to span an eight-week duration. To ensure the seamless execution of the works and the safety of both workers and the public, comprehensive traffic management measures are in place, forming a one-way system around the park.

The storm drainage upgrade at Victoria Park Road is a vital undertaking for Bath and North East Somerset Council, addressing longstanding flooding concerns and enhancing the overall infrastructure. We recognise the importance of preserving the natural environment, particularly the cherished trees along the route. The hand-digging process for the tree roots aligns with our commitment to environmental stewardship.

Residents and park visitors received notice of the work several months beforehand. Our selves and Bath and North East Somerset Council’s planning office will provide regular updates, keeping the community informed of progress and any developments that may subsequently affect local access.

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