In June 2019, as part of our commitment to collaborative community engagement, eleven engineers from our Newark, UK office took on a new challenge with a community civil engineering project in support of local charity: the Grantham Canal Society.
When it first opened in 1797 the Grantham Canal ran for 33 miles from the market town of Grantham in Lincolnshire to West Bridgford in Nottinghamshire; passing through 18 locks and three county boundaries before eventually joining the River Trent. Originally built for the transportation of coal, the canal’s profitability steadily increased until 1841 when competition from the railways meant that the canal gradually declined, until its final closure in 1936.
Since the 1970s, the Grantham Canal Society has been conducting restoration works and have made some massive leaps of progress with two stretches now being once again navigable to small vessels.
Volunteering to lend a hand in the ongoing works, we spent a day at the canal undertaking a variety of tasks including clearing undergrowth and rubble and laying bricks. Our team was made up of engineers at all levels, ranging from a visiting university civil engineering student to Technical Director - and all levels in-between. Used to an office environment, they quickly realised the manual labour was no easy feat but thoroughly enjoyed the day and the team-building opportunity to solve problems together.
We create shared value by solving problems that matter and the day provided a brilliant opportunity to deliver on this purpose and give back to the local community.
We look forward to continuing our relationship with the charity and seeing the canal restored to its former glory for the community to enjoy.