Mott MacDonald has been awarded a contract to design a £13M flood defence scheme.
The scheme is part of a wider £1.2bn Lincolnshire Lakes scheme – one of the biggest development projects in the country. The regeneration project will see six new villages created and it will include 6,000 homes, a primary school, stadium, community centre and retirement home, as well as new access roads.
The villages will be built among a series of artificial lakes and the land is set to be raised, with the buildings’ floors constructed higher off the ground than is standard.
Mott MacDonald will undertake the detailed design of flood defences, with associated ground investigation studies, for 3.6km of the River Trent between the M180 and the southern boundary of Keadby Bridge.
It will carry out flood modelling and risk assessments, surveys, the planning application, and drafting construction specification documents.
Mott MacDonald project director Colin Greensill said: “One of the key components of the scheme is to deliver a flood management solution which ensures a safe development, free from flooding. North Lincolnshire Council’s investment will help prevent any future flooding into the new villages while also help improve flood defences for existing villages as well.”
Last year Peter Brett Associates flood design helped secure outline planning consent. Talking to New Civil Engineer at the time, it said existing defences on the River Trent will be strengthened through the installation of steel sheet piles within the bank. The reinforcement is intended to provide flood protection for the proposed settlement, as well as improve defences for existing communities.
Mott MacDonald’s commission is due to be completed in the first quarter of 2016, with construction beginning shortly after. The whole scheme is due to be completed by 2028.