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Bam and Motts to design £42M Humber flood scheme

North bank of the humber beside alexandra dock.   geograph.org.uk   528528 3to2

Bam Nuttall and Mott MacDonald have been appointed to carry out the detailed design for the £42M Humber flood defence scheme as it gains funding approval.

The funding approval follows a review of existing flood defences along the banks of the Humber Estuary in Hull carried out by Arup. The Bam Nuttall, Mott MacDonald joint venture, BMM, will now develop a detailed design and build plan along Hull’s 19km waterfront.

The scheme is being led by the Environment Agency and will improve flood protection to 113,000 properties.

The work was won as part of the Environment Agency’s water and environmental management framework.

Over the next few months, Bam Nuttall said the BMM JV and the Environment Agency would consult with landowners, businesses and local residents on key elements of the proposed designs.

“Hull has a long history of being flooded from the Humber Estuary. This was seen most recently in December 2013 when a tidal surge flooded more than 260 properties when the city’s defences were overtopped,” said Environment Agency project manager Helen Tattersdale.

“By raising the existing defence walls and embankments, we are able to plan for the effects of climate change and bring them to the level needed to better protect the city from tidal flooding in future years.”

The Humber Hull frontages scheme is one of a number of tidal flood alleviation projects that form part of the Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy. The Environment Agency said it together with local partners were in the process of developing an advanced approach to managing flooding in tidal areas by the Humber for the next 100 years.

Bam Nuttall national framework director Allan Rogers said: “We are delighted to be involved with another significant flood alleviation scheme for the Environment Agency.

“It’s a scheme that will deliver outcome measures that will lessen the flood risk to business and homes. We are committed to delivering the scheme efficiently and with stakeholder issues in mind.

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

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