Between April 2015 and March 2021, the government will invest £2.3 billion in more than 1,500 projects to reduce the risks of flooding or coastal erosion across England.
Since 2008, the Scottish Government has provided funding of £42 million a year through the local government settlement for local authorities to invest in major new flood protection schemes, and has pledged a total of £420 million investment over a ten year period.
This increased level of investment is now leading to the start of a number of projects, which in-turn is increasing the demand for flood risk and water management professionals across the industry.
Leading construction and engineering company BAM Nuttall has been awarded a £23 million contract for a major flood defence scheme in Hull.
Working in joint venture with Mott MacDonald, BAM Nuttall will carry out vital work to design and build new defences at a number of locations along the River Hull, as well as upgrading the existing defences. Work is planned to begin in spring 2017, with planned completion scheduled for autumn 2019.
Severn Trent Water is starting work next week on a £1.1 million scheme to help prevent sewer flooding in Attenborough, Nottingham. This involves increasing the size of the sewers and the capacity of the sewage pumping station.
Scotland too are starting work on £17m sewer network upgrade. The investment, which is the biggest of its kind Scottish Water has ever made in Renfrewshire, is part of the company’s £250 million, five-year programme of work, launched in 2013, to improve river water quality and the natural environment and tackle flooding across the Greater Glasgow area.
The project will include the construction of a one mile long sewer, or waste water tunnel, under the streets of Paisley and the installation of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) in the town centre.
ALLEN & YORK water recruitment team are currently recruiting for a number of opportunities across the industry, if you are currently looking for a career move, please contact Thomas Bullen, Team Leader - Water