photograph Elland – Emergency slope remedial works

Speaker: David Peck, Associate Director, Arup

We are delighted to announce a very special event. On Monday 16 April we will be hosting a guest lecturer from ARUP - one of the world's leading consultant companies.

You will have the opportunity to hear our distinguished guest lecturer talking about a real-life project, challenges that engineers face and solutions they develop.

Arup is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, which provides engineering, design, planning, project management and consulting services for all aspects of the built environment. The firm is present in Africa, the Americas, Australasia, East Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and has over 10,000 staff based in 92 offices across 37 countries. Arup has participated in projects in over 160 countries.


In January 2008, following a period of very heavy rainfall, a large translational landslip occurred between Brighouse and Elland in Yorkshire, resulting in closure of the Normanton to Manchester railway. The slope was steep at between 30 and 40 degrees, heavily wooded and approximately 65m high.

Arup was commissioned by Network Rail (NR) to investigate the slip and to design and implement remedial measures which were undertaken under NR emergency powers during a six week blockade of the line in February and March 2008. The works comprised significant regarding of the slope and the introduction of drainage both within and around the slip area.

The talk will cover the investigation, assessed cause of the slip and the design and implementation of the remedial works.

published on: 10th April 2012