North Midland Construction has begun work on the final phase of the Anlaby and East Ella Flood Alleviation Scheme (AEEFAS), which is expected to run until mid-2020.
When complete, the scheme is expected to reduce the risk of flooding for thousands of residents and businesses in the Hull and Haltemprice areas.
The AEEFAS has been developed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in partnership with Hull City Council, and the Environment Agency.
The scheme has been designed to reduce the risk of flooding to homes, businesses and regional transport links in the area. In 2007, the area witnessed devastating flooding, which affected approximately 11,000 local properties and businesses in Hull and Haltemprice.
The scheme is jointly funded through Flood Defence Grant in Aid, administered by the Environment Agency, and the Local Growth Fund provided by The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.
Under the final phase of the project, which has been developed using an integrated catchment model, a flow entry structure will be constructed at Kerry Pit near Westella Valley and a large 115,000m³ flood storage lagoon located on the site of the old Sydney Smith School in Anlaby.
A 1.8-metre-wide tunnelled storm culvert will connect these to divert water away from residential areas before reconnecting with the existing Western Drain at Marr Bridge.
North Midland Construction highways division managing director Geoff Poyzer said: “I am delighted we have been awarded the Anlaby and East Ella project, which will further enhance the excellent relationship with our clients, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and their partners Hull City Council and the Environment Agency.”
Work under the final phase will include construction of several flow control and outfall structures, as well as a new watercourse, maintenance access roads, highway drainage headwalls and an energy dissipation unit.
Furthermore, the company will also reconstruct several drain crossings, as the existing drain crossings have also been identified as a contributing factor to flooding in the Anlaby and East Ella area. The reconstructed drain crossings will reduce out-of-bank and property flooding in the area.
As part of the project, recreational and amenity facilities are likely to be provided for local residents on the new Tranby Lagoon site on First Lane in Anlaby.
Image: North Midland Construction begins work on the final phase of the Anlaby and East Ella Flood Alleviation Scheme. Photo: courtesy of North Midland Construction Plc.