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New tidal gauge at The Wash to improve flood forecasting

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A £6 million project to install a new tidal gauge at The Wash, 4km offshore in Lincolnshire, has been completed by VBA, a joint venture comprising of VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins.

The Wash tidal gauge VolkerStevin VBA

The system will monitor sea levels around the coastline and will be operational as part of the Environment Agency’s (EA) National Tide Gauge Network.

Work to deliver this important project to improve flood forecasting involved the installation of a two meter diameter steel monopile, sleeve system, platform, scour protection, and tidal monitoring and lighting equipment.

The new installation is the 44th gauge in the EA’s National Tide Gauge Network and located between gauges at Cromer, Norfolk and Immingham, north Lincolnshire. This Class A tide gauge (verified by the National Oceanography Centre) will accurately and reliably record a full tidal range including extreme weather conditions.

Claire Rose, flood and coastal risk management team leader at the Environment Agency, said:

“This new gauge has a practical benefit for local communities as the information it gathers on sea levels will help us predict tidal surges and therefore improve our flood warning service.

“It’s a nationally important project, too, as it fills in the last gap in the UK’s monitoring network to give us the best picture of tidal conditions across the country.”

VBA appointed Volker Stevin International and Stemat to assist in the transportation, installation and supply of a specific crane barge to complete the works.

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