The Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS), led by Leeds City Council in partnership with the Environment Agency, is moving forward.
The Leeds project is one of the largest river flood defense schemes in the country and this provision of flood protection for the River Aire is designed to protect against a 1 in 200-year flood event.
WM Plant Hire has just released some latest footage from this £50 million flood protection project, showing progress on the River Aire dredging program.
A variety of long reach machines were required over a 16-month period for multiple works on the scheme, including:
- early temporary works (piling and placement of rock armor for the construction of the new weir);
- reprofiling of the new watercourse to create a navigable channel, following the removal of the existing weir and a section of the island at Knostrop Cut;
- dredging of the main river channel;
- dredging and rock placement for the revetments at Crown Point and Knostrop.
The site works for Phase 1 of the Leeds Flood Alleviation scheme started in January 2015 and are due to be completed this summer.
Work on Phase 2 of the project is currently underway to develop a proposal for how to increase the standard of protection in Leeds including areas such as Kirkstall and Stourton.