Plans in for £42m Humber flood defence scheme

Aaron Morby 4 years ago
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Long-awaited plans have been submitted for a £42m scheme aimed at protecting Hull from flooding from the Humber.

Image of Hull's flood defence scheme proposed for Victoria Dock Village East
Image of Hull's flood defence scheme proposed for Victoria Dock Village East

Contractor BMM JV – a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald – is earmarked to deliver the Humber Hull Frontage Improvement Scheme to improve a 7-8 kilometre stretch of tidal flood defences in the Humber Estuary.

Led by the Environment Agency, the scheme has been designed to better protect 113,000 homes and businesses that are at risk from tidal flooding.

If the scheme gets planning approval, work will start at the end of the year and will be completed by the end of 2020.

Nine sites have been identified as part of the scheme including St Andrew’s Quay, Albert Dock and Victoria Dock Village for improved defences.

Helen Tattersdale, project manager at the Environment Agency, said: “It is vital for Hull to have improved defences to protect against the potential devastating tidal flooding from the Humber Estuary.

“This investment has enabled us to assess a significant length of the current flood defence walls and embankments that run along the Hull frontage to come up with a scheme that will better protect the city both now and in the future taking into account climate change.”

These improvements in Hull are supported by a further four kilometres (2.5 mile) of new and raised tidal defences on either side of the city in the East Riding of Yorkshire, at Hessle and Paull, delivered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in partnership with the Environment Agency.

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