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RECENT SUCCESSES  (see also  "Press Releases" under "The Canal" at menu, top-right)

August 2, 2018

Thanks to Landsec and Interserve for up to date photos, the approximate position of paths and canal have been added. There is a concrete canal channel to be built in the covered area, main photo, that runs underneath the goods delivery yard. Most of the sheet metal piling should be installed. Unfortunately, there will be a lot of soil left on the canal route (estimated at 6000 cubic metres) which we will have to remove

 

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Published by Hugh HumphreysJune 1 at 3:13 PM

Thanks to Chris Fleetwood the Trust has just received 4 new photos from Landsec/Interserve showing the current status of progress with Canal works .Main change is that the area below the goods delivery yard has now been covered. The route of the canal has been marked, very approximate!

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Thanks again to Jon and his team of Sense carers for arranging a very enjoyable boat trip for disabled people from Selly Oak to Brindley Place. 
Hot news - the Battery site development is being sold by Landsec to Prudential's M&G Real Estate for £94m.

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Topographical survey by Midland Survey of the proposed Marina site in Barnes Hill/California. This forms part of the wider Feasibility Study being completed by Moss Naylor Young. The survey completed by Lewis Reilly and his colleague assisted by Peter of LCT will give us spot heights on a 10m grid and the height every 20m of the 2250m route to Selly Oak Park.

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The topographical survey needed an extra day as the tree cover made the process more time consuming, quite difficult to get line of sight through the trees. Lewis and Joe arrived from Leeds on Thursday, a day early, which was very fortunate as it rained heavily all-day Friday. Measurements included where possible the canal base as well as the path. Invaluable when estimating the soil to be removed. Results expected next week and will be included in the Feasibility Study. Midland Survey generously met the cost of the extra day.

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 Restoring the Dudley the No 2 Canal across the former Battery Site

in Selly Oak Birmingham.

 

Progress photos of Battery Site, thanks to Arthur Moppett. Photos show steel work to enable the undercroft to be covered over, also more progress on the route to Harborne Lane Bridge.

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First section of sheet metal piling installed before Harborne Lane bridge. Progress on the student accommodation fronting the Worcester Birmingham Canal, and some heavy lifting. Thanks to Arthur Moppettand Interserve /Landsec for photos of current activity

 

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Press Release 28th of February 2018

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 Restoring the Dudley the No 2 Canal across the former Battery Site

in Selly Oak Birmingham.

Since appointing Interserve as the main contractor in the summer of 2017 the Harvest Partnership of Sainsbury’s and Landsec is making very good progress in developing the Battery Site. They have just started work on canal enabling works to allow the canal to cross the site when it is reinstated and joins the Worcester & Birmingham Canal

The original canal route was not economically viable, so a new 340m route running alongside the edge of the new Selly Oak Shopping Park was agreed between the Harvest Partnership and Birmingham City Council, with the Canal and River Trust advising as statutory consultee. Prior to accepting the plans there was a period of public consultation with illustrative reports, subject to detailed design development, from consultants Glenn Howells showing how the scheme may look and from Mace indicating a possible method of excavation when the development was completed. (The reports are included as condition 95 of the planning permission ref 2013/02178/PA). With a section 106 agreement in place the route and the winding hole is protected. Additionally, the developers are committed to spend £2,907,000 on “Canal Enabling Works”. The canal work includes amongst other things the bridge over the Worcester & Birmingham Canal, sheet metal piling both sides of the canal and the winding hole, and a concrete undercroft allowing the canal to pass underneath Sainsbury’s goods delivery yard. Included in the £2.9m is a sum of £500k as a contribution to a “canal procurement entity” to complete the “canal delivery works”, which include removing the soil from between the sheet metal piling and the winding hole (for boats to turn and enter the canal), lowering the services under the tow path, replacing a section of the tow path with a swing bridge at the junction with the Worcester & Birmingham Canal, and any other item to complete the canal.

The development includes a very large Sainsbury’s store, several smaller shop units, and an 18-storey student accommodation tower.

Thank you to Lapal Canal Trust committee member Arthur Moppett for regular photos recording the rapid progress being made on site. A temporary bridge over the Worcester & Birmingham canal has been built between the offices and the main site

Please follow progress on our web site www.lapal.org and www.facebook.com/lapalcanaltrust

For queries and  photos please contact

Hugh Humphreys, nbhugh@gmail.com

Lapal Canal Trust, Tel 07970 766554

ABOUT THE TRUST

The Lapal Canal Trust (LCT) was formed in 1990 when a group of inland waterway enthusiasts realised the restoration potential for the Dudley No. 2 Lapal Canal. Their initiating and persistent vision was that the use of modern engineering methods and materials would make it entirely feasible to reclaim the missing link between Hawne Basin and Selly Oak, via the long-disused but hugely-intriguing Lapal Tunnel.
Restoration would bring with it a host of benefits for the local community living alongside the canal as well as being a new route for boaters.

In 1997, following the restoration by Dudley Council of a section of the canal running through Leasowes Park, the Lapal Canal Trust commissioned Engineering and Design Consultants, Atkins, to produce a feasibility study.

Atkins Study (2007) found that the cost of restoring the Lapal Tunnel were prohibitive and recommended an alternative route going ‘over the top’ through Woodgate Valley. Dreams of restoring the tunnel were put aside and the new plan was embraced.

And so, The Lapal Canal Trust is determined to restore the derelict half of the Dudley No. 2 Canal from Selly Oak to Hawne Basin, incorporating a new ‘over the top’ route, which would provide even greater amenity benefits for the local community

Trust Objectives

  1. Persuade local authorities, government departments and other interested statutory or non-statutory bodies of the benefits and feasibility of restoration
  2. Persuade land-owners and the public of the benefits and feasibility of restoration
  3. Secure and protect the line of the Canal
  4. Create partnerships with public and private sectors that will facilitate restoration of the Canal
  5. Implement an agreed programme for the restoration of the Canal or any part of it

Please click HERE to see the committee members