River Gwenfro

Fully Established Bioengineering Solution Replacing Gabion DesignRock Roll & Coir Roll Toe With VMax C350 & P550 AboveTwo Months After A Major Flood EventRock Roll Toe
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Fully Established Bioengineering Solution Replacing Gabion Design

A private developer had back gardens adjacent to a river that when in flood created severe scour issues. Initial river modelling indicated flow velocities in excess of 3.5m/sec.

Typically, the river looked more like a small stream with a low base flow, but in flood it became a significant risk. Original engineer designs preferred a gabion option but after meeting the developer on site, Salix proposed a value engineering option. The solution was to use Rock Rolls at the toe, with a pre-established Coir Roll. For protection of the banks C350 and P550 was installed.

The Rock Rolls will provide permanent vegetative reinforcement, allowing the area to look natural and green but with an engineered solution that will withstand bankfull flood events.