Skipton canal works completed

Specialist equipment was required to carry out the urgent repairs to the canal bank

The Rothen Group has completed an urgent repair to a canal bank near Skipton.

An existing leak was made worse by heavy rainfall which caused a 15m section of the canal bank to slip into the channel.

Construction company Kier and civil engineering firm JJF were contracted to undertake damage repair. However, in order to clear the water-bound obstruction, Kier and JJF required the services of civil engineering and maintenance business, The Rothen Group (TRG).

“It was important to restore the passageway as efficiently and quickly as possible so traffic could pass through once again,” said Ian Rothen, TRG founder. “In order to do this, we needed to first clear the fallen canal bank – only then could we begin repair work on the bankside.”

A new stone foundation was put in place ahead of construction of a new bank made up of gabion baskets.

“The challenging nature of the site required specialist equipment, so TRG’s ability to source and mobilise specially-designed units for the project was key,” added Darren Hampshire, Kier project manager. “The canal work needed to be carried out quickly so traffic could once again pass through the site.”

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