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Jackson completes final scheme on five-year ARPoW

Jackson has completed remedial works at Ipswich Tidal Barrier, the final scheme on the Environment Agency’s five-year long Asset Refurbishment Programme of Works (ARPoW).

Since 2014, Jackson have provided the EA with 160 design and build options for the ARPoW, with nearly 80 of these progressing to be constructed.

These projects ranged in value from £100k to £1m per scheme. Nearly £20m of works have been carried out in all, protecting over 6,000 homes and many local businesses and community assets.

Following completion of the main Ipswich Tidal Barrier Scheme, Jackson were contracted under the ARPoW to bring the West and East bank area up to Suffolk County Councils adoptable standard in preparation for public use.

The majority of ARPoW projects have involved repairing and refurbishing EA assets to the required service level. These types of projects include: flood embankments (fluvial and coastal), coastal repairs, de-silting operations, sluice and asset repairs, vegetation clearance, piling, M&E, fish and eel passes and landing stages.

Over the duration of the framework, Jackson has demonstrated a variety of high value efficiency savings through innovation, value engineering and streamlining programmes to speed up delivery.

Stephen Christian, Jackson’s Senior Contracts Manager said: “The value we bring to these schemes comes from our ability to enhance programme delivery because we already have a model in place for programme management, consents and environmental appraisals, which pays dividends when we’re dealing with small scale projects. It also means that we’re able to value engineer solutions based on past experience, and use innovative building techniques to improve the end product.”

Lee Dunne, Jackson’s Site Agent said “The ARPoW framework has thrown up many unique challenges from logistics to buildability, all of which we have collectively overcome with great success. This success has been recognised on numerous occasions by both the client [EA] and Considerate Constructors. It is a shame that these works have come to an end, as I feel the variety of the challenges has not only been enjoyable, but it has also brought the best out in the good people we employ.”