East Kent Engineering Partnership
23rd Nov 2011Posted in: East Kent Engineering Partnership Comments Off on Canterbury City Council
Canterbury City Council

Canterbury City Council Engineering Capabilities.

Canterbury Engineering Team consists of 17 engineers, trainees and coastal surveyors.  Schemes carried out by CCC are divided into three departments: Projects, Structures & Operations and Coastal Monitoring.  Schemes are allocated to each department depending on the skills and expertise required for each set of works.

Services that the team can provide include:-

  • Project scoping and feasibility
  • Project management
  • Contract administration (NEC3 & JCT)
  • Site supervision
  • Civil engineering design (Car parks, parks and open spaces, council assets, drainage, highways & coast protection)
  • Structural engineering design (coastal, buildings and bridges)
  • Structural checking for building control
  • Contaminated land remediation
  • Production of AutoCAD drawings
  • CDM Co-ordination
  • Topographic surveying (using both GPS & Total Station equipment)
  • Design, consultation and implementation of waiting restrictions
  • Design and Construction of smaller scale improvement schemes
  • Coastal Inspections and NFCDD data input and updates
  • Preparation of Traffic Regulation Orders
  • Design and implementation of Residents’ Parking Schemes from consultation to installation
  • Liaison with Kent Highway Services for schemes within the highway
  • CCTV design work

 Examples of engineering projects undertaken by Canterbury City Council;

Restoration of Military Road Workshop Arches, Ramsgate Marina (September 2012 – April 2013)

Value: £450,000

The project involves the restoration of 25 historic masonry arches on Military Road which face the Ramsgate Marina, to create fully serviced workshops and units to attract additional marine industry and leisure.

The project was split into six parts;

1) Floor strengthening

2) Waterproofing the Structures

3) Improving services to the arches – power, water. drainage and phone and data landline

4) Access to first floor units

5) Facade Repairs

6) Internal Fittings and Decoration


Pier Pavilion Demolition – Herne Bay (September 2011-February 2012)

Value: £ 550,000

The was demolished in 2011/12 as it was no longer fit for purpose and in need of extensive redevelopment.  Due to its position, layout and asbestos, upgrading it was too costly.  It was a 24 week project which converted the space into a promenade pier.

The project consisted of two parts.

1)      Asbestos removal  (12-16 weeks)

2)      Demolition (8 weeks)



Rock Revetment – Warden Bay, Isle of Sheppey (June – September 2007)

Value: £863,000

Under the East Kent Engineering Services Partnership,Swale Borough Council approached colleagues at Canterbury City Council for advice.   A number of options of slowing down the erosion of the cliffs and reducing the number of slips were considered.  Constructing a rock revetment to protect the toe of the cliffs from erosion was the best solution.  The final design was for a 1 to 3 tonne rock revetment with a 1 in 4 slope.  The clay slopes behind the 260m long revetment were regraded and a 4m wide compacted clay accessway was topped with shingle.  The aim of protecting a large number of existing properties was sustainably met by the use of natural materials. The scheme was designed with climate change in mind, but if there are major changes to the coast in the future, the rocks can be picked up and used at an alternative location at little additional cost or effect on the environment.



Coastal Protection Scheme – Margate (April 2011 – December 2012)

 Value: £6.7 million 

 This scheme has been developed and designed over the last two years to provide protection for Margate, which is at risk from flooding from the sea by Canterbury City Council and Thanet District Council. 

The scheme is split into two phases; the first phase of work was completed in April 2011 and was carried out from the Harbour Slipway to the Rendezvous.  Construction work for the second and final phase of this scheme began in November 2011, and is due to be completed by December 2012. The scheme will provide much better flood protection to the properties on Marine Drive and in the Old Town area as well as improving the quality and amenity value of the public space on the seafront.

The construction work will be carried out in four main sections along the seafront and will include:

  •  Strengthening of the Stone Pier
  • Sea wall reconstruction of the South sea wall (Marine Drive)
  • New stepped structure from the beach to the promenade
  • Sea wall reconstruction of the North sea wall (The Parade)



Dead Man’s Corner – Whitstable (January – April 2011)

Project Value: £ 100,000 (contract value £75,000)

 A lack of seating within Whitstable Harbour inspired this project.  The project was designed by CCC engineers from a ‘vision drawing’ by the Whitstable Improvement Trust and since completion has been used on Harbour Day and during the Whitstable Oyster Festival.  The design follows that of Whitstable beach, incorporating a gabion wall and groynes creating an events stage and seating area. 



Skatepark – Swalecliffe (April-July 2007) 

Value: £250,000 

The project involved the construction of an outdoor 51x21m permanent skate/BMX park constructed in concrete with associated lighting and CCTV monitoring at Swalecliffe, Whitstable. The park was designed with all ages in mind and caters for novice and experienced users alike. The concrete skatepark was a new feature for the Canterbury district and surrounding areas, paid for with lottery funding.



Internal underpinning – Canterbury (March – June 2010)

Value: £60,000 

This project involved the internal underpinning of a council property due to subsidence. The existing foundations were removed and a piled raft foundation (18 piles) was put in to found the property, preventing any further movement. 


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