Westleigh flood defence scheme


As part of the Environment Agency’s Programme of Work, JBA Bentley was commissioned to construct a new flood defence scheme adjacent to Westleigh Brook to reduce the risk of flooding of adjacent properties.

The scheme had multiple challenges including, ducks nesting on the banks of the brook, Wagtails nesting in Sportsman Street bridge, Demon Shrimp fish breeding season, Japanese Knotweed and contaminated land.

The site is in a residential area with public access routes around the site, meaning there is limited space for the site and storage compound.


The works, designed by others, consist of the construction of reinforced concrete flood defence walls and earth embankment flood bund adjacent to the brook, demolition of Clifton Street Bridge, multiple service diversions, strengthening of Sportsman Street bridge and a new entrance off Parsonage Way.

We also managed the water, gas and high voltage electric diversions adjacent to and beneath the brook throughout
the project.


Good planning of the works and management of the stakeholders – residents and Wigan Council – allowed us to undertake the construction works quickly and with minimal disruption to the public.

Want to know more?

Visit our flood defence design web page to watch a fly through of the finished flood defence. You can also contact Rob Culledge, JBA Bentley, for more information on the project.

JBA Bentley is a joint venture between JBA Consulting and civil engineering contractor JN Bentley. Together, we deliver Flood Risk Management schemes for our Water and Environmental Management (WEM) Framework with the Environment Agency (EA) and other partners. Within the framework, we provide early contractor involvement (ECI), feasibility, design and construction activities on schemes that can vary from flood banks to pumping stations to reservoir improvements.

Projects are located across a wide geographical area – as far and wide as Wales, Cumbria and the East Coast – and with an office in Leeds and new premises in Peterborough, JBA Bentley is ideally placed to deliver them. Each office has co-located design and construction teams working together to deliver projects successfully and efficiently.

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