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News from the UK Civils Industry for December 2018

Posted by: Melonie Debenham
21/01/2019
Industry News

Humber Estuary flood-defence scheme moves forward with £42m upgrade

The tidal flood-defence scheme in the Humber Estuary has been upgraded with a £42m funding injection. This will extend the flood protection to around 113,000 properties. The Humber Hull Frontages scheme will create an opportunity to review and improve 19 kilometres of tidal flood defences in the Humber Estuary to protect homes and businesses that are at risk of flooding in Hull.

Floods Minister, Thérèse Coffey said: “This state of the art scheme is great news for homeowners and businesses along the Humber Estuary, especially for the city of Hull, as we both upgrade existing defences and add new defences extending protection. “It is a key part of our £430m flood defence investment programme 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.”

The scheme is led by the Environment Agency and has become one of the many tidal flood alleviation projects to become a part of the Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy. The Environment Agency and local partners have begun to take steps towards developing advanced strategies to help manage flooding in tidal areas by the Humber for the next century. Work on the Humber Hull Frontages scheme is due to start in summer and are estimated to be complete by 2020.  Full story

Seven-year collaboration contract between VolkerHighways and Bath and North East Somerset Council to begin in April 2019

Bath and North East Somerset Council has agreed to a Highways Term Maintenance Contract with VolkerHighway worth £49m. The contract will include planned, reactive and routine maintenance to the highway network. emergency response to road incidents, winter maintenance, gully cleansing, rural verge maintenance, event traffic management and drainage maintenance work.
 
Alistair Thompson, Managing Director of VolkerHighways, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this new contract, which will allow us to continue our work maintaining areas of historical interest and outstanding natural beauty. We are committed to developing links with the local communities in which we work and look forward to providing social value, alongside the highest quality of highways maintenance service, within Bath and North East Somerset.”
 
In addition to the services offered, VolkerHighways will also create two new apprenticeships every two years to ensure that 5% of their workforce are graduates, apprentices or sponsored students. 90% of the workforce and supply chain will also be sourced locally. Full story
 
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