When will River Hull's crumbling flood defences be repaired?

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 24 Mar 2017

Work on a £36.5m scheme to reduce flood risk along the River Hull will start next month.

It will see a 400 metre section of flood wall piling downstream of Stoneferry Bridge being replaced. It is the first of 39 sites to be tackled in a three-year programme being overseen by the Environment Agency.

The start of engineering work also coincides with a public exhibition showcasing details of the project and separate plans to upgrade flood defences on the Humber and the Holderness Drain, which runs along the eastern edge of the city.

Claire Gould, the agency's project manager for the River Hull scheme, said: "The defences that reduce the risk of flooding in the city from the River Hull are in poor condition.

"Repairs are necessary to maintain the existing standard of protection.

"We are committed to supporting growth and development in Hull and have been working closely with Hull City Council and others to seek funding to provide additional enhancement to the scheme.

"We have secured £3.5 million of European funding to carry out additional improvements to the wider scheme, bringing the opportunities for opening up the river corridor for new development, regeneration and economic growth."

Contractor BMM JV – a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald – was appointed last September to develop a detailed design plan. These have been discussed with landowners, businesses and river users.

Work is expected to vary from one location to another.

Some sites need only minor repairs to existing walls whereas others require complete replacement of several hundreds of metres of piled defences.

Ms Gould said: "We aim to minimise disruption to both landowners, tenants and river users during our site work.

"Our contractor is planning to work from a combination of the land and the river, enabling the work at each site to be planned to minimise disruption to the neighbouring properties wherever possible.

"We will carry out a structural survey on existing buildings and structures ahead of the start at each site and noise and vibration monitoring will be carried out during the works.

"The River Hull defences scheme is a large and complex project. This phase of work will be completed in 2019 but we will continue to develop plans for future phases of work as work on site progresses."

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Agency officials have also been assessing the need to raise the flood defences along a 10-mile stretch of the Humber estuary, including St Andrew's Quay and Victoria Dock near the city centre.

A possible outline design will be displayed at the exhibition on April 5 at the Guildhall in Alfred Gelder Street.

Construction on the Humber defences is likely to start in 2018 and be completed towards the end of 2020.

The exhibition will be open to the public between 1pm and 7pm.

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