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Shropshire studies

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HIGH-POINT RENDEL has completed two major landslide studies in the Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire.

The gorge, designated a world heritage site because it is regarded as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, has a history of landslides. A major one occurred in 1952 after prolonged heavy rainfall, damaging property and roads.

Landslips have been recorded since the late 1800s and ground movement is still taking place.

High-Point Rendel's engineers and geologists surveyed 1.5km either side of the River Severn downstream from Jackfi eld Bridge - about 3km from the historic Iron Bridge - and the areas of Ironbridge and Coalbrookdale.

The team reviewed information from previous investigations and studies to assess the instability of the Jackfi eld and Lloyds Coppice slopes, south and north of the river respectively, below the Jackfield bridge.

The study examined the inter-relationship of ground movement across the gorge and the causes and mechanisms of instability. It identifi ed several failure models for the area which will be used to formulate remedial schemes.

Telford and Wrekin council hopes to win funding from the UK government and European sources for the engineering work needed to stabilise the area.

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