Hessle tidal defence scheme wins national award

A project aimed at shielding homes in Hessle from flooding has won a prestigious national award.

Constructing Excellence award presentation
Constructing Excellence award presentation

The £11m Hessle Foreshore Tidal Defence Scheme, which was built to reduce flood risk to 4,000 homes and businesses in Hessle and west Hull, was named Civils Project of the Year at the National Constructing Excellence Awards 2022.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council initiative won its Yorkshire and Humber regional heat and then beat over five other large-scale construction schemes from across the country to win the top national title.

The Constructing Excellence awards honour the very best construction schemes in England and Wales. They were held at a ceremony in London.

The innovative scheme at Hessle is a direct response to a tidal surge in December 2013, which caused 300 properties to be flooded across the East Riding.

It aims to reduce future flood risk to residents in the area from predicted high tides caused by climate change.

The project involved the construction of new and upgraded defences, with the most visual part being a 1m-high, 465m-long glass and concrete wall along Cliff Road.

Construction began in January 2020 and was completed earlier this year.

Councillor Chris Matthews, the council's portfolio holder for environment and climate change, said: "This award is a fantastic achievement and shows the council is leading the way nationally in the creation of flood defence schemes and infrastructure.

"The Hessle Foreshore scheme is doing what it's designed to do and will help to shield thousands of residents and businesses in this area from flooding at high tides in the Humber Estuary."

The council was presented with the award alongside the scheme's delivery partners Mason Clark Associates, Tilbury Douglas, National Highways and Esh.

Constructing Excellence is one of the leading national organisations for the construction industry, promoting high standards and working in partnership.

Alison Nicholl, head of Constructing Excellence, said: "This project embodies the values and ethos of Constructing Excellence, demonstrating the value of collaborative approaches to overcome challenges and ultimately deliver better outcomes."

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