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You are invited to view major construction phase at July open days

We've entered a major construction phase in the restoration of Toddbrook Reservoir in Whaley Bridge.

Construction workers working on the site's foundations

You are invited to join us on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 July for a behind-the-scenes tour of the works.

Update on the works

The construction of a new spillway to the side of the reservoir is well underway. This will replace the one on the face of the dam, which was damaged in the summer of 2019 after excessive rainfall.

Over the last year, our contractor, Kier, has excavated the route of the new spillway channel and installed hundreds of piles to support the new flow of water.

Work has now started to line the water channel, which will in future carry Todd Brook stream and any reservoir overflow down through the Memorial Park and into the River Goyt.

Work has started at the bottom of the new spillway structure by the park and is progressing back up towards the top of the reservoir. Once the main construction phase is complete, turrets in the Memorial Park, part of the reservoir’s new design, will be sandblasted with artwork created as part of a community art project by artist Tom Edwards (We are Culla).

Wide shot of a construction site

Returning the area to public use

Dilwyn Parry, our Toddbrook project manager, said: “Many thanks to residents for their continuing patience. We are now expecting the main reservoir restoration work to be finished by summer 2025.

“This will be followed by demobilisation of the construction site, building the new sailing club and extensive landscaping to return Toddbrook Reservoir and Memorial Park back to public use. The entire project is likely to be finished around autumn 2025.

“We recognise this is later than hoped for, as set out in our original anticipated construction programme. Prolonged wet weather and difficult ground conditions have both proved challenging. Thankfully future works are mainly above ground, so it may be possible to make up lost time.

“We are expecting the reservoir to refill naturally over the winter of 2025/26 and then hopefully be available again for public sailing, angling and other recreational activities from spring 2026.”

Public Open Days

On Friday 19 and Saturday 20 July, 10am – 3pm, the public will be able to enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the ongoing construction project. The one-hour slots include a tour of the construction works and an update on progress from project engineers. Places are limited and may be booked in advance via our webpage. The project team can also be contacted by email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Last Edited: 05 June 2024

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