Hull’s £42 million flood scheme gets go ahead

Funding has been secured for a £42 million upgrade to the total flood defence scheme in the Humber Estuary, improving flood protection to 113,000 properties.

The Humber Hull Frontages scheme, which is led by the Environment Agency, will present an opportunity to review and improve a 19 kilometres stretch of tidal flood defences in the Humber Estuary to better protect homes and businesses that are at risk of flooding in Hull.

Contractor BAM Nuttall Mott MacDonald Joint Venture (BMM JV) has been appointed to develop a detailed design and build plan along Hull’s 19 kilometre waterfront.

Over the next few months, BMM JV and the Environment Agency will consult with landowners, businesses and local residents on key elements of their proposed designs.

Subject to planning approval, work on the Humber Hull Frontages scheme will start next summer and will be complete by 2020.

Thérèse Coffey, Floods Minister, said: “This state of the art scheme is great news for homeowners and businesses along the Humber Estuary, especially for the city of Hull, as we both upgrade existing defences and add new defences extending protection.

“It is a key part of our £430 million flood defence investment programme for Yorkshire, better protecting thousands of homes and helping businesses to grow, thrive and create new opportunities - supporting the government’s work on the Northern Powerhouse.

“Proposed improvements in Hull will be supported by a further four kilometres of new and raised tidal defences on either side of the city in the East Riding of Yorkshire, at Hessle and Paull, delivered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in partnership with the Environment Agency.”

Helen Tattersdale, project manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Hull has a long history of being flooded from the Humber Estuary. This was seen most recently in December 2013 when a tidal surge flooded more than 260 properties when the city’s defences were overtopped.

“By raising the existing defence walls and embankments, we are able to plan for the effects of climate change and bring them to the level needed to better protect the city from tidal flooding in future years.”

Allan Rogers, BMM JV framework director, said: “We are delighted to be involved with another significant flood alleviation scheme for the Environment Agency. It’s a scheme that will deliver outcome measures that will lessen the flood risk to business and homes. We are committed to delivering the scheme efficiently and with stakeholder issues in mind

“The Humber Hull Frontages scheme is one of a number of tidal flood alleviation projects that form part of the Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy. The Environment Agency and local partners are now in the process of developing an advanced approach to managing flooding in tidal areas by the Humber for the next 100 years.”