Jennings Brewery Flood Repair
Situated at the confluence of two rivers, the Jennings Brewery in the centre of Cockermouth was badly affected by the flooding in November 2009. The Jennings shop, cooperage, yeast store and power systems were all destroyed in the flood. Tweddell & Slater designed and implemented the flood repair scheme.
A structural assessment of the building was carried out once the flood waters had receded, establishing that the river had eroded the adjacent walkway in addition to a significant portion of the building’s foundations.
The structural assessment and civil engineering works required a number of novel approaches, from using divers and remote cameras to assess flooded areas beneath the building, to the use of a floating pontoon to pump concrete directly into the foundations. Steel piles were driven into the river bed along the side of the brewery to prevent a recurrence of the erosion.
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