BAM Nuttall JV selected for next phase of Leeds flood defence scheme in UK
June 28, 2019 – Leeds City Council in the UK has agreed a £75.98m contract with BMMjv for the next phase of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme, to reduce flood risk along the River Aire in the UK.
BMMjv, a joint venture of BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald, will move ahead with the detailed designs for the first step of the two-stage approach to the £112.1m second phase of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme which already secured planning approval earlier this month.
The first phase of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme was completed in October 2017, providing protection to over 3,000 homes and 500 businesses.
The second phase will include the construction of new infrastructure, including flood defence walls and embankments as well as flood storage sites in areas such as Calverley, where moveable weir technology of phase one will be used to allow water to collect and then be released slowly back into the river.
The project, which aims to give a one-in-200-year level of enhanced protection against flooding for Leeds, will focus on three key areas including Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, Kirkstall Abbey and Kirkstall Meadows.
Work on site is planned to commence before the end of the year.
Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake said: “We look forward to seeing work starting later this year, and we continue to explore every option in order to get the whole scheme completed in full as that is absolutely essential for the future of our city and all the communities who remain vulnerable to the risk of flooding.”
BAM Nuttall said that the first step of work, which is planned to be carried out using proceeds from the already in place government’s funding, will offer a one-in-100-year level of protection against the risk of flooding.
Environment Agency flood risk manager Adrian Gill said: “The first step will provide much better protection from the River Aire upstream of Leeds station through the Kirkstall area and out to Newlay.”