A £16M scheme to protect homes and businesses in Teesside, as well set aside important wildlife habitats, has been completed.
The BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald joint venture scheme carried out the scheme on behalf of the client, the Environment Agency. It aims to increase flood protection to Port Clarence residents from the River Tees and Greatham Creek.
Phase 1 of the scheme saw new flood defences built in Port Clarence, consisting of a mixture of earth embankments, flood walls, and a raised section of the road. Removable steel flood defences were also installed along the River Tees to improve flood protection.
At Port Clarence 350 homes and 32 businesses in the Seal Sands Industrial Complex will benefit from the new protection.
Environment Agency chief executive Sir James Bevan said that the scheme was part of a wider commitment to the regiont: “This forms part of our commitment to invest over £75M on flood defences across the North East of England between 2015 and 2021, better protecting thousands of homes and businesses,” he said.
“The first phase of the project, which saw new flood defences built at Port Clarence to reduce flood risk from the River Tees, was finished in December 2015.”
“Phase two saw the Environment Agency raise existing flood embankments along Greatham Creek, to reduce the flood risk to Port Clarence and land which is south of the Creek.”
The scheme worked with wildlife charity RSPB and Natural England to create a new habitat the size of more than 90 football pitches for local wildlife – including a brand-new bird hide and seal hide.
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