St Austell Bay Resilient Regeneration (StARR)

Starr Project Graphic

The St Austell Bay Resilient Regeneration (StARR) project aims to reduce flood risk to communities living and working in the St Austell Bay area, particularly in Par and St Blazey. The proposed scheme will bring benefits to the area by encouraging investment and making St Austell Bay a better place to work, live and play.

Ponts Mill

Since the start of the new year, Cormac have undertaken the installation of the ground erosion control on the side of the embankment, and into the drainage berm at the bottom of the slope. This involved laying geotextile sheets beneath a tree root protection system which is then filled with topsoil to hold them open. Thereafter a layer of erosion matting is applied and pinned in place over the bank and berm. Following this the matt is again folded with 20mm of topsoil ready for wildflower seeding. This process will be repeated along the length of the embankment and will take in the region of 250 tonnes of topsoil.
The project continues to progress well and remains on schedule for February 2021 completion

Par Lane

Cormac mobilised to site on the 11 January. Establishing a compound and welfare area at Par Docks, set up traffic management, and safety signage for the works. The team excavated a line of existing kerbs in preparation for installation of new specialist drainage kerbs. Which will improve drainage of surface water distribution. On completion of this section we will move over to the East side of St Blazey Road and repeat the process.

Edgcumbe Terrace

Commencing the 21 February at Edgcumbe Terrace. Highway drainage will be installed. This will include gullies, maintenance chambers and supporting distribution pipework.
In the landscaped area itself, a storage pond will be installed. This will assist with the drainage of excess water from the highway. Then discharging it via distribution outlet, back into the system when required.

Bull Engine

Commencing 19 March for fourteen weeks. Our compound is being installed at the Burrows Centre carpark. Works will include the excavation of a water storage pond at the play area. Plus extra drainage installed within the highway. This will assist with drainage of excess water. It will also connect a new drainage system to the existing surface water removal system.


The next phase of the project will be around Doubletrees School, starting on the 13 April 2021. Before the main works can start, the first task is to install a temporary carpark. This is within the Cricket Club’s grounds which will take 6 weeks. After this time, please note that only pedestrian access will be available from the cricket club to the school entrance. A new path is being built to allow this access.

The works will then consist of the construction of a new water storage tank. Which will situated beneath the school carpark. This will collect excess surface water. It will connect to a gravity drainage system. Which will transport the water from the storage tank, to the outlet at a lower level on the school access road.

Alterations are being made to the highway drainage systems on the A390. These are opposite the entrance to the school. This will include the installation of extra gullies, water chambers and new distribution pipework. Works will be taking place during the daytime. Two way traffic lights will be in set up to ensure the safety of the workforce. During peak times (7.30am to 9.30am and 4pm to 6.30pm). These signals will be manually operated to ensure maximum traffic flow.

The school car park will reopen and resurfaced once the storage tank has been installed. The works will take in the region of 40 weeks, taking us to the end of February 2022. Please keep in mind that adverse weather conditions can sometimes slow progress and cause delays.


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