Search begins for contractors to build £501m River Thames flood alleviation scheme

WCN Editorial Team 29 Jul 2021 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The project team of River Thames Scheme has published a prior information notice (PIN) for contractors to construct £501m River Thames flood alleviation scheme.

It has commenced market engagement for contractors to express their interest with contracts worth approximately £275m.

This latest move follows green light given by the government for the scheme.

Work on the project involves construction of two new flood relief channels at Runnymede and Spelthorne and to increase capacity at Sunbury, Molesey and Teddington weirs and the Desborough Cut.

The River Thames Scheme will help to reduce flood risk at Surrey and South West London and create new walking and cycle paths, parks and wildlife habitats.

It is noted that over 11,000 homes and 1,600 businesses are expected to benefit from the reduced flood risk.

The new scheme will also help to enhance the social and environmental value of the river and contribute to a vibrant local economy.

Surrey County Council environment cabinet member Marisa Heath was quoted by newcivilengineer.com as saying: “When we talk about the brilliant legacy the River Thames Scheme will leave, we’re not only talking about the flood risk reduction and new green spaces such as country parks, we’re talking about a legacy of opportunity too, as the construction of the River Thames Scheme will see new jobs, training and skills.”

Last month, the government also approved the outline business case for the scheme allowing the engineers to start working on detailed designs and planning for the project.

River Thames Scheme project director David Bedlington said: “There is a real momentum building on the River Thames scheme as we start the important task of getting firms in place to get the scheme built.

“We’re really hoping to see the best of the construction industry come forward for this opportunity – and not just the large firms, but SMEs and local firms too.”

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River Thames scheme will help to reduce flood risk at Surrey and South West London. Credit: LucyKaef from Pixabay.

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