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Marton West Beck flood scheme

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The Environment Agency, Middlesbrough Council, and Northumbrian Water have explored options to reduce flood risk to almost 500 properties and the wider community in Middlesbrough.

Working in partnership, we have considered 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 and with other partners, 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 produced an updated, integrated flood model, which improved our understanding of flood risk from the Marton West Beck, the sea, surface water, and the sewer network.

We modelled a number of potential options for reducing flood risk and mapped the resulting flood risk. We undertook an economic appraisal to understand the costs and the benefits of each option to help select a preferred option.

The preferred option was to:

  • Rebuild 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 in the upper catchment adjacent to the Newham Beck

In May 2020 we gained approval from central government to go ahead with construction of the new scheme. The Environment Agency commissioned Mott MacDonald and Bam Nuttall (together known as BMM) to use integrated flood risk modelling to design and construct the new flood alleviation scheme, which takes into consideration the flood risk from different sources, including the rivers, sea, sewer networks and surface water.

January 2021

The new trash screen in Albert Park is progressing with the concrete structure in place. The new steel screen will be installed over the next couple of weeks. The walls around the lake are still being constructed as well as the walls up Park Vale Road.

Work on the surface water bund in Albert Park is complete. The grass is now establishing on the earth bund.

The new flood walls in the Borough Road area are largely complete and now protect the community from river and sea flooding.

The earthworks on the surface water bunds on Sandy Flatts and the municipal golf course are also largely complete. We will be landscaping and seeding these areas.

There is still a small wall to build near Lytton Street and landscaping of the surface water bunds in the upper catchment, and we need to install new access stairs to the channel in various locations to enable better ongoing maintenance of the flood defence assets.

We are also developing plans for creating more environmental habitat in the channel and tree planting across the river catchment.

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A photo of the Environment Agency works in Albert Park A photo of the Environment Agency works in Albert Park


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