Construction of a multi-million pound scheme to protect thousands of businesses and homes in Hull from flooding from the Humber has been given the go ahead.
The £42m flood alleviation scheme, approved by Hull’s planning committee earlier this month on the fifth anniversary of the tidal surge that caused devastation to the city, has now had final sign off from the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Led by the Environment Agency, the Humber Hull Frontage Improvement Scheme will upgrade tidal flood defences at eight locations along the estuary foreshore, including at St Andrew’s Quay and Victoria Dock Village.
The defences will provide a 1 in 200 year standard of protection and will reduce tidal risk for 113,000 homes and businesses.
It will see more than 7 kilometres of tidal flood defences along the Humber estuary improved. The design of the flood defences will include some areas of glass panels to maintain a view of the waterfront and recessed sections to display artistic works.
Opportunities for public art and community involvement will also be integrated into the scheme, at areas including Victoria Dock Village and St Andrew’s Quay Retail park.
Now that the planning application has been approved, preliminary work is due to start at St Andrew’s Quay Retail Park early this year.
Floods Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “I am delighted that the owners of 113,000 homes and businesses in and around Hull will benefit from a fully government funded flood defence improvements which will help for many decades to come.
This new flood defence scheme costing £42 million from taxpayers’ money has been well supported by the City Council and a number of other key partners, showing what can be achieved when we work together towards a common goal.
Helen Tattersdale, Project Manager at the Environment Agency said: “We are looking forward to making progress on the ground. This £42 million investment is great news for the city as it will allow us to better protect thousands of homes and businesses. We will continue to keep residents and businesses affected by our work informed about the scheme at every stage of its development.
This £42m investment links to a further £16m investment in tidal flood defences either side of Hull at Paull and Hessle, which is being delivered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for flood prevention at Hull City Council, said: “We look forward to seeing the work start on site, and the additional benefits it will deliver for residents and businesses in the area, including brand new public art and a fantastic outdoor green space.
The scheme will be delivered by contractor BMM JV – a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald – and is expected to be completed by March 2021.