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Green light for Hull’s £42M tidal flood defence scheme

Humber

The multimillion-pound Humber Hull Frontage Improvement Scheme has been given the final sign off by the government after being approved by Hull’s planning committee earlier this year.  

Led by the Environment Agency, the scheme will see upgrades to tidal flood defences at eight locations spanning 7km along the estuary foreshore, including St Andrew’s Quay and Victoria Dock Village. 

The design of the flood defences will include glass panels to maintain a view of the waterfront and recessed sections to display artistic works. 

The defences will reduce the risk of tidal flooding for up to 113,000 homes and businesses in the surrounding areas. 

More than 250 properties were flooded in Hull in December 2013 due to overtopping of existing defences. There have been two other major tidal events in the area in the past 65 years, including major flooding to Hull in 2007.

The scheme will be delivered by contractor a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald (BMMJV) and is expected to be completed by March 2021. 

This £42M investment comes after an earlier £16M investment in tidal flood defences either side of Hull at Paull and Hessle

BMMJV framework director Allan Rogers said: “We are delighted to be at the heart of the design and efficient delivery of schemes through water engineering and management and contributing to the Environment Agency’s target of protecting homes and business’ across England.” 

A further £100M is also being invested in river and surface water flooding in Hull and the surrounding area. 

Floods minister Thérèse Coffey said the scheme will benefit the community for decades to come.  

“I am delighted that the owners of 113,000 homes and businesses in and around Hull will benefit from a fully government funded flood defence improvements which will help for many decades to come,” she said.  

Preliminary works are scheduled to start at St Andrew’s Quay later this year, the plans were originally submitted in August 2018

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