New, old and celebrated
Inhouse Tech was commissioned to design and plan the replacement of the existing, ageing concrete furrow for the watercourse, and two bypass pipes are also being dug into the ground. These will initially divert the water while the furrow is being cast, and will in future lead water to a planned hydro power plant further downstream. Dealing with rushing water like this presents a number of challenges:
Uneven water flows are a challenge when it comes to project planning. Working with sensitive details during the summer months only solves the problem to an extent, since it is impossible to plan for unexpected heavy rainfall.
Experience and flexibility
The design planning is complicated by the fact that the land contains lumber and old building remains from the old mills. In this, a flexible working method has been absolutely crucial to make progress.
The fact that the district is being built in a cultural heritage conservation environment also presents challenges. Once again the water is a factor: many of the old buildings are next to the river, and it is hard to know what their load-bearing capacity is. The old industrial operations have also left traces of toxins in the ground, which means great care must be taken to protect the Mölndal River from pollution when the ground is prepared.
Our flexible working model and structural design expertise means we contribute strongly to the project’s efficiency. And of course, our experience from this assignment also enhances our competence for future water construction projects.