BAM Nuttall reported today that funding has been secured for a £42 million upgrade to the tidal flood defense scheme in the Humber Estuary – improving flood protection to 113,000 properties.
Led by the Environment Agency, the Humber Hull Frontages scheme will present an opportunity to review and improve a 19 kilometers stretch of tidal flood defenses in the Humber Estuary to better protect homes and businesses that are at risk of flooding in Hull.
Floods Minister, Thérèse Coffey said: “This state of the art scheme is a key part of our £430m flood defense investment program 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 4 kilometers of new and raised tidal defenses 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: “By raising the existing defense 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.”
Contractor BMM JV – a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald – has been appointed to develop a detailed design and build plan along Hull’s 19 kilometer waterfront. This work follows the review of existing flood defenses along the banks of the Humber Estuary in Hull conducted by built environment consultants at Arup.
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.