Vital Tidal Flood Defence Scheme Complete to Protect Hull
A major flood alleviation scheme to improve protection against climate change and sea level rise has reached its target of better protecting thousands of
A major flood alleviation scheme to improve protection against climate change and sea level rise has reached its target of better protecting thousands of homes in Hull. Residents in 113,000 local homes are now better protected from flooding as the Environment Agency’s GBP 42 million Humber: Hull Frontages Flood Defence Improvements Scheme comes to fruition. The new, higher defences, delivered by the Environment Agency in collaboration with contractors BAM Nuttall and Mott Macdonald, along the estuary foreshore are now in place, ready to protect the city from tidal surges. The scheme has been key in enabling the Environment Agency to meet its ambitious target of protecting 300,000 homes from flooding across England.
The flood defences stretch along more than four miles of shoreline from St Andrew’s Quay Retail Park in the west to Victoria Dock Village in the east. As well as protecting homes, the work also protects major businesses in the city, such as Smith & Nephew, and makes the city more attractive to investment. The scheme covers commercial, industrial, as well as residential areas, and the tidal flood defences have been designed to be sympathetic to their surroundings.
Work along the stretch covering St Andrew’s Quay has included a section in the shape of a boat hull which will incorporate the STAND memorial to lost trawlermen, expected to be placed in position later this year.
In other areas of the scheme, the inclusion of glazed panels into the flood walls at several locations maintains estuary views from the footpaths running parallel to the estuary which form part of the popular Trans Pennine Trail, as well as from homes at Victoria Dock Village.