Humber: Hull Frontage Flood Defence Improvements - Information Page

Closes 31 Mar 2021

Opened 21 Aug 2018


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

The scheme will reduce the risk of flooding from the estuary for 113,000 properties.  It will upgrade tidal flood defences at eight locations along the estuary foreshore, including at St Andrew's Quay Retail Park, Victoria Pier and Victoria Dock Village. In total more than seven kilometres of tidal flood defences along the estuary frontage will be improved.

Work on the scheme is scheduled to be completed by March 2021.

Victoria Dock Village West - Plimsoll Way

Current update

Contractor BMM-JV - a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald - are on site and have begun work at different locations.

Victoria Dock Village

The work is being carried out in two sections: Section one ‘Victoria Dock Village - West’ extends from the Half Tide Basin westwards towards The Deep; section two ‘Victoria Dock Village - East’ extends from the Half Tide Basin eastwards towards Corinthian Way.

We are trying our best to keep any disruption and inconvenience to residents to a minimum. However, in order to carry out the construction work, a section of the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT) along the frontage promenade has temporarily been closed and a signposted diversion route has been put in place along South Bridge Road.

You can read our latest update here:

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Victoria Dock Village - West:

Work on the flood defences at Victoria Dock Village – West has started in May 2019. The new concrete foundations are now complete, this has allowed us to begin the installation of the precast concrete wall sections.

The concrete flood wall sections still require cladding and other finishes so they are in-keeping with the local area. The finishes will consist of brick cladding, coping stones and glazing panels in places. These are currently being manufactured and regular deliveries will take place over the next couple of months to allow the flood walls to be finished cosmetically.

The footpath will start to be re-laid in January 2020, using the original paving stones which we removed and stored when work started. The footpath between 'The Deep' and the Half Tide Basin will be fully reopen by spring 2020.

Victoria Dock Village West - Half Tide Basin


Victoria Dock Village - East:

The footpath at Victoria Dock Village - East has begun to be closed in places. A compound has been set up at the end of Corinthian Way to facilitate the work at the eastern end of the project.

Excavation has begun on site to accommodate new concrete foundations for the flood defence wall. Work to the foundations will continue over the next couple of months. The flood defence improvement work at Victoria Dock Village - East is due to be completed by autumn 2020.

Victoria Dock Village East - Harbour Way


Victoria Pier

Planning permission was granted in November 2019 to improve the flood defences on Nelson Street/Victoria Pier.  The link to the planning application on Hull City Council's planning portal is:

The existing flood defences - in the form of steel sheet piles - have reached the end of their useful life. The improvement work will involve the installation of new steel sheet piles along the estuary frontage.

We will use a hydraulic non-vibration method when the piles are being installed within close proximity to buildings to reduce noise and vibration as much as possible. Along the estuary frontage itself, we will use cranes and vibrating/ drop hammers. We will aim to minimise the duration of the operation and any disturbance associated with it.

A new flood defence wall will be constructed on top of the new sheet pile wall. There will be a raised promenade behind the new wall to maintain views of the estuary.

The promenade will incorporate steps and ramps leading to the existing ground level at Nelson Street. The new flood defence wall will also contain glazed panels to maintain views of the Humber Estuary.

The original pier will remain in place and public access will be reinstated once the construction of the new flood defence scheme has been completed.

Our construction team will start preparing the area around Nelson Street in January 2020. This will include the removal and storage of the existing public art, the removal of street furniture and work to protect the public toilets.

We will also need to remove three trees to enable us to upgrade the flood defences along Victoria Pier. We will landscape and replant trees along Nelson Street once the construction work has been completed.

A temporary flood defence structure will be put in place at the North of Nelson Street, running parallel with the public footpath. This will allow us to remove the existing defence, so we can build the new one, whilst maintaining the existing standard of flood protection to the area.

Construction will start in late February 2020 and will be completed in early 2021. Nelson Street will be closed to vehicles during the construction work to provide sufficient space for us to build the new flood defences safely.

Car parking in the area will be affected during the construction work. We are currently discussing alternative parking arrangements with Hull City Council and we will keep you informed of alternative arrangements.

Pedestrian access will be maintained along Nelson Street during the construction work for access to properties, businesses and to the Minerva Public House. However, we will not be able to maintain public access to the Victoria Pier during the construction progress.

You can find the latest update here:

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Why is this work needed?

In the past 65 years, there have been three major tidal events in Hull.  The most significant  of these occurred in December 2013 when 264 properties were flooded when the existing defences were overtopped. During high spring tides, water levels in the estuary have the potential to rise by around one to three metres above some parts of the city.

The Humber: Hull Frontage 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 and determine 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, the Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy identified the need for a review of tidal defences in and around the city of Hull. We reviewed 19 kilometres of existing defences along the north bank of the Humber, through Hull from Saltend in the east to the city’s boundary at Hessle Haven in the west.

Our review concluded that improved flood defences were required over seven kilometres of the study area and that work was needed in eight separate locations along the estuary frontage in Hull.

Working in partnership

This investment will be supported by a further four kilometres 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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