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Volker joint venture starts work on Lincolnshire sheet piled flood defence

Installation of 3.5km of sheet piled wall is a key part of the £13.3M Lincolnshire Lakes flood defence scheme in North Lincolnshire which the VBA Joint Venture, formed by Volker Stevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins, has just started work on.

Detailed design for the project undertaken by Mott MacDonald on behalf of North Lincolnshire Council led to the planned earth embankment solution being replaced by the sheet piled alternative.

The flood defence work is a key part of the £1.2bn Lincolnshire Lakes regeneration scheme that will develop six new lakeside villages with 6,000 homes, a business park, office accommodation and sports and recreation facilities by 2028. Mott MacDonald has said that following a localised breach of the flood defences in 2013, as well as the ever-present risk of flooding in the area, extensive and resilient defences need to be installed to protect both future development plans and existing properties.

Mott MacDonald carried out an extensive options assessment of the existing earth flood defences, which found that repairing and raising these would not provide the resilient, low-maintenance solution that North Lincolnshire Council required. The new design solution identified and taken forward to construction will see 3.8km of sheet piles installed along the right bank of the River Trent, providing significant flood protection to the village of Burringham.

“Gaining planning consent for this environmentally sensitive project was the culmination of a lot of hard work and collaborative effort from North Lincolnshire Council, the Environment Agency and Mott MacDonald and a real achievement for all involved,” said Mott MacDonald project manager Lee Geddes.

The flood defence scheme is set to be completed by summer next year.


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