The Environment Agency, Middlesbrough Council, and Northumbrian Water are exploring options to reduce flood risk to almost 500 properties and the wider community in Middlesbrough.
Working in partnership, we are considering different options to improve existing flood defence assets, to replace and formalise other structures as flood defences along the Marton West Beck, and to improve the performance of the sewer system.
By working closely together, we hope to maximise opportunities for environmental enhancements alongside reducing flood risk to properties, and minimise environmental impacts.
What have we done so far?
Working with consultants, AECOM, we have produce an updated, integrated flood model, which has improved our current understanding of flood risk from the Marton West Beck, the sea, surface water, and the sewer network.
We have modelled a number of potential options for reducing flood risk and mapped the resulting flood risk. We have undertaken an economic appraisal to understand the costs and the benefits of each option to help select a preferred option.
The preferred option at present is to:
- Re-build walls in the Borough Road and Lytton Street areas to protect against risk from tidal flooding and river flooding
- Rebuild flood walls between Albert park and Park Vale Road to protect against river flooding
- Improve the trash screen design at the northern end of Albert Park to protect against river flooding
- Provide surface water storage areas in Albert Park and on open land adjacent to the Newham Beck to store surface water
The Environment Agency has commissioned Mott MacDonald and Bam Nuttall (together known as BMM) to use integrated flood risk modelling to design the new flood alleviation scheme, which takes into consideration the flood risk from different sources, including the rivers, sea, sewer networks and surface water.
We now have approval from central government to go ahead with construction of the new scheme.
Contractor BMM intends to begin construction at the start of June and therefore will be setting up construction sites and compounds in the coming weeks.
There will be some minor disruption to public open space, such as a small part of Albert Park and footpaths on Sandy Flatts in Tollesby; however we will aim to keep disruption to a minimum wherever possible.
One element of the scheme requires planning permission and so the application will be submitted in the very near future, allowing that section of defence to be built later in the year.