Client:  The Shipley Golf Club
Area:  Bingley, West Yorkshire
Timescale:  4 days preparation / 2 days construction and reinstatement

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We were contracted by The Shipley Golf Club of Bingley to repair the bank to Harden Beck, adjacent to their signature 7th Hole, following the loss of an 8’ (2.4m) width of bank during the Boxing Day, 2015 floods.

The Club had considered various options from steel shuttering to gabion baskets, willow spiral banking, rock and coir rolls, or a boulder revetment.  As the site was at the furthest point from the Clubhouse, vehicular access to the course and the potential resultant damage was a primary consideration.  Eventually our proposal for a boulder revetment with the materials being ferried to site by helicopter was accepted as the most aesthetically pleasing and cost-effective proposal, and the least intrusive.

Throughout the planning stages we worked closely with the Head of Greens his staff, the Director of Greens, and the Club Board and Management, to carefully plan the undertaking and coordinate the works to cause least disruption to the course, functions and play.

Following extensive detailed communication to fully assess the site and the feasibility of the project, PDG Helicopters of Inverness, with their extensive experience in the field, were engaged to undertake the lifting.

We were able to source the boulders, each weighing close to 1 tonne, from a local Bradford quarry and have them delivered to site several weeks prior to the agreed start date.  These were then graded in size and marked up to suit the appropriate location within the structure, then drilled and fitted with steel anchors and eyes to take the lifting chains to be used by the helicopter.

The bed of Harden Beck was prepared by moving rocks and small boulders to create a level platform just above normal water level, incorporating a boulder toe to deflect water flow.

Prior to commencement of work a full Risk Assessment was undertaken and neighbouring properties were informed of potential disruption, and on the day itself the golf course was closed and all member and public access to the course and clubhouse was either closed or controlled.

Starting at 11.00 hours, we were able to make fifty-five trips across the half mile flight path from the lift site adjacent to the club house to the beck site, and by 16.45 the revetment was in place; taking out down time for the helicopter re-fuelling and for a lunch stop each trip took less than four minutes.

The club Greens Staff undertook the final reinstatement of the earth bank top.