Humber: Hull Frontage Flood Defence Improvements

Closes 31 Mar 2021

Opened 21 Aug 2018


The Humber: Hull Frontage scheme is a £42 million flood defence scheme to upgrade the tidal flood defences along the Humber edge of the city of Hull.

The scheme will reduce the risk of flooding from the Humber Estuary to 113,000 properties.

The scheme has had final sign off and preliminary works on site have begun. We will keep all residents and businesses who are affected by the work updated at every stage of development.

The scheme has had final sign off from the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.  This follows approval by Hull City Council's planning committee in December 2018. 

This means that work can now begin on this multi-million pound scheme to protect thousands of homes and businesses from flooding from the Humber estuary.

The scheme will upgrade tidal flood defences at eight locations along the estuary foreshore, including at St Andrew's Quay and Victoria Dock Village. More than 7 kilometres of tidal flood defences along the Humber estuary will be improved.

Contractor BMM-JV - a joint venutre between BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald are now on site and have begun preliminary works. 

Work is scheduled to be completed by March 2021. 

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In the past 65 years, there have been three major tidal events in Hull, the most significant in December 2013 when 264 properties were flooded due to overtopping of the existing defences. During high spring tides, water levels have the potential to rise to around 1-3 m above some parts of the city.

The Humber: Hull Frontages Improvements Scheme is one of a number of flood alleviation projects that form part of the Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy. The Environment Agency and 12 local authorities around the Humber are working together to review how
we manage tidal flood risk around the Humber Estuary, including rivers where tidal flow is the main source of tidal flood risk.

In 2008, our Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy identified that in the near future some of the tidal flood defences in and around the city of Hull could require furter investigation into their condition and the level of protection they offer. 

We reviewed 19 kilometres (km) of existing defences along the Humber north bank through Hull from Saltend in the east to the city’s boundary at Hessle Haven in the west. This detailed review of the existing defences included a visual inspection programme, surveys and updated flood modelling.

Our review concluded that improved flood defences are required in around seven km of the 19km study area, at nine locations along the frontage.

Working in partnership

This investment will be supported by a further four km of new and raised defences on either side of the city, at Hessle, where work is currently being planned and at Paull, where defences have already been completed. This work is delivered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in partnership with the Environment Agency.

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