I read with interest the article on the Newport Flood Defence Scheme (NCE last week), having spent much of my 30 year career working in the flood defence sector.
Sheet piles certainly provide a technically robust solution and there are many examples of sheet piled flood defences.
But the environmental acceptability of this scheme must be questioned. Twenty years ago it would have been acceptable to use exposed steel sheet piling, but the 'norm' these days would be to clad the piles with brickwork, in keeping with the local environment.
While ommending the Council for working in partnership with the contractor to alleviate the misery of flooding within a short timescale I would be interested to learn whether an environmental impact assessment was undertaken for what can only be described as an 'eyesore'.
Frank Grace (M), principal engineer, JBA Consulting, frank. email@example.com. uk