Concrete Firm Takes Key Role in Tidal Project

Suffolk-based Poundfield Products is working as part of a consortium on the Ipswich Tidal Barrier project.

The scheme, which is being undertaken by VBA, a joint venture comprising VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business involves the design, construction and installation of a 20m wide tidal barrier gate on behalf of the Environment Agency.

Poundfield Products Ltd, based near Stowmarket, has previously been commissioned to supply a range of different concrete blocks to a number of projects in the north east of England and eastern Scotland.

The company has been commissioned by VBA to supply 130 coping units, in a number of instalments, for the Ipswich Tidal Barrier Gate.

These will support both the barrier itself and the adjoining piled flood defence walls.

The barrier is a key element in the Ipswich Flood Defence Management Strategy which aims to reduce the risk of flooding to 1,608 homes and 422 businesses, and will protect those who live further upstream from a tidal surge like those experienced in 1953 and 2013.

Matt Moss, Poundfield’s commercial director, said: “This contract win is especially pleasing for two reasons.

“Firstly, because it confirms growing reputation in providing high quality products to coast and sea defences projects up and down the country.

“Secondly, as a company proud of its Suffolk roots and ethos, it is particularly satisfying to be playing a part in securing the safety of so many people and livelihoods in Suffolk’s county town on this incredibly important Environment Agency project.”


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