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Letters: Redcar revolution

Thank you for publishing the article “Attraction Protection” (NCE 4 October) on the Redcar flood alleviation scheme. The article raises the profile of an excellent North East project, but fails to mention the enlightened approach to its delivery.

This scheme is funded by flood defence grant in aid and is being delivered by a partnership between the Environment Agency and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. The aim is to achieve economies of scale by integrating the public realm works into the coast protection scheme. The client body has used the Agency’s existing framework to procure the design (Jacobs and Halcrow) and contractor (Birse).

This has reduced procurement effort and continues to use performance management and target setting to promote efficient delivery.

I would respectfully suggest that some of the above features are of more interest to your readership as increasingly, flood and coastal schemes will have to be funded by a combination of the Environment Agency, local government, developers and others who would benefit from the work. This is the future of flood and coastal risk management.

Tom Brown, brownt@halcrow.com

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