January, 2024Community-Focused Engineering: The Riverside Project

Met Engineers’ Site Investigation Team recently received high praise from Upper Calder Valley Renaissance’s projects manager and director, Stephen Curry, having provided professional services in the development of a valued community asset, The Riverside Centre.

“Met is clearly a collaborative and inclusive company, their engineers have shown genuine interest and been positively engaged with the work we area doing on this site. They work like an embedded team not just external contractors.”
– Stephen Curry from Upper Calder Valley Renaissance

The Riverside Centre is being designed as a multi-use recreational facility on the outskirts of Todmorden, in the Calder Valley, to benefit community groups and schools.

The core elements of this project will see:

  • Refurbishment of the Riverside Centre.
  • Camping provisions.
  • Watersport facilities.
  • Provision for Empowered People – A charity who enable disabled adults to improve their health and wellbeing through cycling.
  • Creation of flexible outdoor spaces.

Met Engineers were instructed on the Phase I – Desk Study and Phase II – Site Investigation to outline the history of the site and determine its geoenvironmental and geotechnical position.

Phase I – Desk Study

Initial investigations found that there had been various developments on the site over time, beginning in the 1890’s with a public house, later identified as the Bells Arms. Walsden Water cut across the site, running south to north, and in 1990 the waterway was culverted along the western boundary. A pond was visible on the site between the 1960’s and 1990’s. The public house and its associated outbuildings were re-used as a garage before demolition in 1988. By the 2000’s Bellholme Sports Centre was born, sitting on the eastern boundary of the site backing onto Rochdale Canal, with adjacent football fields. Today the Riverside Centre is being created.

Based on collated geological, environmental and historical information Met Engineers recommended a series of boreholes be undertaken including the collection of soil samples and installation of gas and water monitoring wells, which were planned and implemented.

Phase II – Site Investigation

An intrusive investigation was undertaken in late November 2023. This comprised of 10 windowless sampler boreholes, and 6 gas monitoring installation points, spread across the site and targeting areas of former and proposed buildings, and the infilled pond. Information collected from intrusive works will help the Upper Calder Valley Renaissance with the design of the proposed development and supplement the planning application.

Moving the project forward

An intrusive investigation was undertaken in late November 2023. This comprised of 10 windowless sampler boreholes, and 6 gas monitoring installation points, spread across the site and targeting areas of former and proposed buildings, and the infilled pond. Information collected from intrusive works will help Upper Calder Valley Renaissance with the design of the proposed development and also supplement the planning application.

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Met Consultancy Group’s services span surveying, geo-environmental, and structural and civil engineering disciplines. Services include:

  • Land and building surveying, laser scanning, as-built BIM/Revit 3D modelling, monitoring and setting out works.
  • Geophysics, utility tracing and other forms of non-intrusive investigation.
  • Desktop and site investigation studies.
  • Engineering design that can assist throughout the lifespan of Structural and Civil projects from portal frame design, to corridor and drainage design.

By liaising with clients and taking an integrated team approach across all disciplines, we hope to provide an efficient one-stop shop of services for their development projects.

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