VBA marks important milestone on the £76M Kendal flood scheme

VBA, a VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins, Member of SNC Lavalin group joint venture, has reached an important milestone on the £76 million Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme.

This milestone follows the completion of a new 600mm flood wall at Romney Garden, the phase one of the proposed three phase Kendal flood scheme with Burneside, Staveley and Ings being the second.

The third phase will involve the completion of flood storage in the upper catchment of the River Kent.

Stewart Mounsey, flood risk manager for Cumbria said: “Our thanks go to residents and businesses once again for their patience, whilst we carry out these essential works as part of the overall flood scheme. Once completed, the £76 million flood scheme will better protect homes and businesses from flooding in the Kent catchment and improve the local environment and community amenities.”

VBA project manager, Richard Birchall, commented: “We are delighted to have reached this key milestone and complete this first phase of work. The team has worked collaboratively with the Environment Agency to complete the work with minimum disruption. The Kendal scheme will bring a wide range of benefits to the local community, which go above and beyond the flood protection it will provide.”

Once all three phases are complete, the Kendal scheme will directly reduce flood risk to approximately 1,480 homes and 1,150 businesses in the area, and will reduce the risk further, to a 1 in 100-year standard of protection.

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