A £22m scheme helping to shield homes and businesses in the East Riding and Hull from the devastation of flooding has won two top awards from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
The Anlaby and East Ella Flood Alleviation Scheme (AEEFAS) has won two awards at the prestigious RICS Social Impact Awards 2020 Yorkshire & Humber in the Infrastructure Category and also Project of the Year.
The judges said the scheme was "an outstanding example of a project addressing the devastating human and social impacts of flooding".
The flood scheme - delivered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in partnership with Hull City Council and the Environment Agency - will now go forward to the national final in September. RICS is the world's leading professional body for infrastructure and construction.
It's the second award for the area's flood schemes this year, as this spring the Cottingham and Orchard Park Flood Alleviation scheme was named the winner of the Smeaton Award at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Yorkshire and Humber Awards, recognising achievement, excellence or innovation in civil engineering.
The AEEFAS scheme is a series of lagoons, watercourses and tunnels which are designed, at times of heavy rainfall, to capture and store thousands of tonnes of surface water running off the nearby land to prevent that water causing flooding to homes and businesses in the area.
When it's complete later this year, the project will help to reduce the risk of flooding to more than 4,000 homes and businesses.
The AEEFAS scheme and its two sister schemes at Willerby and Derringham, and Cottingham and Orchard Park, already proved their potential during last November's downpours, when they helped prevent thousands of homes from being flooded.
Councillor Chris Matthews, portfolio holder for strategic management at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "These flood schemes are some of the largest ever built in this country and were a huge technical challenge for everyone involved, so to have them recognised by such professional industry bodies is a fantastic achievement.
"But it's even better to know how well they performed over the winter months and how well they will work for years to come, helping to protect thousands of properties from the misery of flooding."
Councillor Mike Thompson, portfolio holder for neighbourhoods, communities and environment at Hull City Council, said: "We are delighted to have won these awards for the fantastic work our teams at Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council are doing to tackle flood risk.
"These innovative schemes are crucial to protecting our area from flooding, and by working collaboratively we can continue to minimise risk to some of our most vulnerable communities.
"I look forward to competing in the grand final later this year."
Funding for the AEEFAS scheme came through the Flood Defence Grant in Aid (FDGiA) administered by the Environment Agency, and Local Growth Fund (LGF) through the Humber Growth Deal by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.
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