D-Drill team help hold back the Blackpool flood watersPublished 22/2 at 15:04
Engineers from specialist diamond drilling and concrete sawing company D-Drill, worked against the clock and the tide to help ensure flood waters are more effectively managed in the Blackpool, UK, area.
The company, which has offices across the UK (including in Wigan), sent five members of its team to remove ten tonnes of concrete from an existing storm culvert at AMP 6 Anchorsholme Park.
The skilled team, working on behalf of main contractor C2V, worked for four days from Friday through to Monday to remove the 5x1.5m blocks of concrete to assist in the construction of new storm water detention tanks. The D-Drill team, led by manager Neil Wood, used a combination of track sawing and stitch drilling to make sure the job was done as quickly as possible, creating two new openings in the concrete culvert sewer.
The openings were formed in tandem to speed up the process, as any change in tide or weather conditions would have resulted in the operation grinding to a halt leading to the culvert being submerged in water. “All works were carried out in a medium risk confined space environment. Both openings were completed at the same time to make sure we could get the job done as quickly as possible. In total, ten tonnes of concrete were carefully cut into sections and turfed out and removed,” explains Neil Wood.
“We achieved a nice clean cut with minimal disruption to the surrounding area, and it was all removed in a controlled and safe manner, with no structural loss to the existing 1930s culvert. The client was very happy with the professionalism and the flexibility of the works. Our operatives went that extra mile to bring this contract to a successful conclusion in such a limited timescale,” added Neil of the successful works.