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Environment Agency awards works for Ipswich flood scheme

The VBA joint venture of Volker Stevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins has been appointed by the Environment Agency to complete a £21M flood defence scheme in Ipswich.

As part of the Water and Environment Management Framework, the project will involve the design, construction and installation of a 30m-wide tidal barrier gate along the River Orwell.

The scheme includes construction of piled flood defence walls on either side of the barrier, flood gates on the east and west banks within the flood walls, scour protection and landscaping works.

The project will also involve construction of a control building and the installation of mechanical and electrical equipment.

The new barrier will complete the defences the Environment Agency has been upgrading in recent years to prevent surge tides and allow control of fluvial flow.

Ipswich has a long history of flooding both from high fluvial flows and surge tide effects, with more than 1,500 residential and 400 commercial properties currently within the risk area.

Mark Gardner, framework director for VBA, said: “This project is a great opportunity for VBA to showcase its capabilities in flood defences as well as create a safer environment for those who have been impacted by flooding.”

Following completion, VBA will maintain the new tidal barrier for a further two years.

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