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Canal dreams

A £10M design and construct contract to realign a canal in the West Midlands is nearing completion.

Dew Construction, part of Dew Pitchmastic, is working on the final stages of the realignment of a 600m stretch of the Dudley Canal adjacent to Merry Hill, a retail, leisure and commercial development.

Works included construction of a new 150m long section in concrete to replace the canal's former loop course. The remaining 450m was piled with concrete capped, steel sheet piles to between 5.5m and 12m depth.

As part of the reclamation, a large amount of additional piling was needed to retain and stabilise a semi-circular section of reclaimed and elevated land above the Merry Hill Centre. This was achieved by a combination of gravity coffer dams built with up to 18m long sheet steel piles and up to 23m long tubular combi pile walls.

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