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HPR lands St Helena rockfall protection project

Consultant HPR has been appointed by the St Helena Government to provide a central role in the design, management and delivery of St Helena’s Rockfall Protection Project.

The Project, which is supported by both the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for International Development (DFID), is part of a major long-term initiative in response to the ongoing rockfall threat in Jamestown, St Helena’s capital.

Appointed to provide specialist consultancy services for the Project, HPR’s brief will comprise five main elements:

  • Scoping studies to identify high-risk locations
  • Preparing detailed designs for rockfall protection measures  
  • Developing a future works action plan
  • Delivering training for local personnel   
  • Managing the implementation of pilot works

Stephen Fort, HPR Head of Geotechnical Skills, said: “Jamestown has a long history of rock fall instability which has in the past resulted in loss of life and serious injuries, in addition to damage to property and infrastructure.  The importance of the pilot training works and future works to reduce these risks cannot be overstated.” 

The remote island’s capital, Jamestown, lies in a steep-sided valley of volcanic origin and has a long history of rock falls.  The most serious, in 1890, resulted in nine fatalities and numerous injuries.  More recently, in August 2008, over 300 tonnes of rock descended on Jamestown, causing significant damage to property.

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