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Refurbishment of Allington Sluice

Below are photographs showing the refurbishment of Allington Sluice. This £2.7 million project runs over 2.5 years starting in July 2009.
The works to the sluice include; new gates, lifting gear and supporting gantry, new control equipment, new telemetry, new wiring and CCTV, new lighting, repairs to the concrete structure itself and refurbishment of the internal staircase.
 While we are on site, the opportunity is also being taken to install the long awaitied fish and elver pass and new disabled access ramps that will allow full access across the river at this point. The fish and elver pass will be a key link to allow migratory fish to bypass the barriers of the Allington Sluice and nearby lock. It is hoped that over the next few years (subject to funding), that each lock site will have fish a fish pass to allow migratory and freshwater fish free passage throughout the navigable Medway.

Works on site are due for completion by October 2010.

Shots of the completed works - 15th Oct 2010
Eastern elevation of the sluice


Shots of the completed works - 15th Oct 2010
Western elevation of the sluice


Shots of the completed works - 15th Oct 2010
New disabled access ramps - South side


Shots of the completed works - 15th Oct 2010
Refurbished walkway and new handrailing


Shots of the completed works - 15th Oct 2010
New disabled access ramps - North side



Shots of the completed works - 15th Oct 2010
New fish pass with covers and handrailing complete



General shot before works commenced - Allington Sluice. Green netting has been in place for a few years to prevent spalling concrete from falling


20th Oct - Bottom half of new gate (No. 3) ready to be lifted into place


20th Oct - Bottom half of new gate being lifted into place (5.6 tonnes)


20th Oct - Gate being lined up with slots


20th Oct - Gate being lowered slowly into place


17th Nov - gate 2 - existing old motors gearboxes and winding drums


17th Nov - gate 1 - new motors, gearboxes and winding drums


22nd Jan - underside of new gantry beams


22nd Jan - works start on Allington Sluice fish pass


22nd Jan - route of new fish pass cleared


22nd Jan - disabled access ramp to be installed here


24th Feb - sheet piles to form the walls of the fish pass are installed


24th Feb - excavator about to start to dig out between the sheet piles


24th Feb - Island side footpaths laid ready to receive the new disabled access ramps



15th March - excavation for the fish pass


26th March


26th March


26th March


16th June - fish pass upstream


16th June - fish pass upstream


16th June - fish pass upstream


16th June - fish pass downstream


16th June - gate No. 2 and lifting gear being replaced on the sluice


26th July 2010 - Larinier baffles for the fish pass fixed in place


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