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Cuddy chips in to prevent flooding at top golf course.

A pounds 500,000 flood alleviation scheme at the Nicklaus-designed Machynys Peninsula Golf Club in Llanelli is nearing completion.

Despite heavy rainfall and the need to protect a colony of water voles, Neath-based contractor the Cuddy Group expects to bring the earthworks project in on time and to budget by the end of this month.

The investment is a boost to the par 72 course.

Cuddy contracts manager Gavin Lockyer said: "It's been a substantial challenge and very frustrating at times when torrential rain has left us with no option other than to sit it out and wait for dryer conditions.

"But we have no problem adjusting to new circumstances.

We've worked extremely hard to make up for lost time and are delighted to see it finally coming together.

"It's a very prestigious course in a visually stunning location and we are proud to be associated with it."

The scheme has involved Cuddy moving 35,000 cubic metres of earth - by hand at times in order to safeguard potential vole burrows - to ensure the course's protection from potential flooding.

During times of peak flow the Afan Dafen river that runs through the course has often failed to hold its water volume.

Cuddy has constructed a flood protection barrier over a 1.5km stretch on the course side of the river. The team has excavated 26,000 cubic metres of earth to create a floodwater storage cell with a penstock system fitted to regulate water levels.

All excavated material has either been reused on the course or stored for use in the next phase of the Pentre Nicklaus Village, a housing development that overlooks the course.

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MOVING THE EARTH: Cuddy on site at Machynys Peninsula Golf and Country Park, Llanelli
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 26, 2008
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