UK Environment Agency secures approval for Hull flood defence scheme

WCN Editorial Team 9 Jan 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK Environment Agency has secured approval from the planning committee of Hull, a port city in East Yorkshire, England, for the construction of a scheme to protect homes and businesses in the city from flooding from the River Humber.

The £42m flood alleviation scheme now has the final sign-off from the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The Humber Hull Frontage Improvement Scheme, led by the Environment Agency, will upgrade tidal flood defences at eight locations along the estuary foreshore, including St Andrew’s Quay and Victoria Dock Village.

The defences are expected to provide a 1-in-200-year standard of protection and reduce tidal risk for 113,000 homes and businesses.

More than 7km of tidal flood defences along the Humber estuary will be improved.

In addition to recessed sections to display artistic works, the design will include glass panels in some areas to maintain a view of the waterfront.

The scheme will include opportunities for public art and community involvement at some areas, including Victoria Dock Village and St Andrew’s Quay Retail Park.

Preliminary work is expected to commence at St Andrew’s Quay Retail Park early in 2019.

BMM JV, a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald, will deliver the scheme, which is expected to be completed by March 2021.

The £42m investment is linked to an additional £16m investment in tidal flood defences on either side of Hull at Paull and Hessle, which is being delivered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Humber Hull Frontage and work by East Riding of Yorkshire Council at Hessle and Paull are part of several tidal flood alleviation projects under the Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy.

The Environment Agency, along with local partners, is currently developing an advanced approach to managing flooding in tidal areas by the River Humber for the next 100 years.

More than £100m is also being invested in river and surface water flooding in Hull and the surrounding area.

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Image: Computer model of flood defence scheme proposed for Victoria Dock village east. Photo: Courtesy of GOV.UK.

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