Funding secured for £42m upgrade to Humber flood defence scheme

WCN Editorial Team 11 Jan 2018 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

BAM Nuttall has announced that funding has been secured for a £42m upgrade to the tidal flood defence scheme in the Humber Estuary.

The Humber Hull Frontages scheme is being executed by BMM JV, a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald. It will be responsible for a detailed design and build plan along the 19km waterfront in Hull.

This work follows the review of existing flood defences, conducted by built environment consultants at Arup, along the banks of the Humber Estuary in Hull.

Under the project, led by the Environment Agency, a 19km stretch of tidal flood defences in the Humber Estuary will be reviewed and improved to better protect homes and businesses that are prone to flooding in the port city of Hull. The upgrade will improve flood protection to 113,000 properties.

Proposed improvements will be supported by an additional 4km of raised tidal defences on either side of the city in the East Riding of Yorkshire, at Hessle and Paull, which will be executed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in partnership with the Environment Agency.

The joint venture will deliver the project as part of its Water and Environmental Management Framework.

BMM JV and the Environment Agency will hold consultations with landowners, businesses and local residents on key elements of the proposed designs.

The Humber Hull Frontages scheme is one of the tidal flood alleviation projects that are part of the Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy.

The Environment Agency and local partners are working on an advanced approach to managing flooding in tidal areas by the Humber for the next 100 years.

Subject to planning approval, work on the Humber Hull Frontages scheme will begin in next summer and will be complete by 2020.

Floods Minister Therese Coffey said: “This state-of-the-art scheme is great news for homeowners and businesses along the Humber Estuary, especially for the city of Hull, as we both upgrade existing defences and add new defences extending protection.

“It is a key part of our £430m flood defence investment programme for Yorkshire, better protecting thousands of homes and helping businesses to grow, thrive and create new opportunities - supporting the government’s work on the Northern Powerhouse.”

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