Humber: Hull Frontage Flood Defence Improvements - Information Page

Closes 31 Mar 2021

Opened 21 Aug 2018

Overview

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Background

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.

A map showing the Humber: Hull Frontages flood defence locationsImage: Map of the Humber: Hull Frontage scheme

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Current update

Our contractor BMM-JV - a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald - are on site and continue working 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.

We issue regular newsletters for Victoria Dock Village, which highlight our recent progress and information about planned work. To be added to the mailing list for this newsletter, please email us at Humberhullfrontage@environment-agency.gov.uk

Victoria Dock Village - West:

At Victoria Dock Village - West we have completed the concrete foundations and precast concrete wall units, which form the improved flood defence. Installation of the brick cladding and the coping stones, which sit on top of the flood defence wall, is now underway, as is the installation of some of the flood gates at Camilla Close, Ocean Boulevard and Plimsoll Way. We will also install glazed panels in some locations to ensure the newly constructed wall does not obscure views of The Humber.

In most areas the footpath has started to be re-laid, using the original paving stones. This work will continue over the next few months along with the installation of the remaining flood gates and street lighting which started in late June. We are planning to re-open the footpath by the end of September 2020.

New flood defence wall and footpath at Victoria Dock Village WestImage: New flood defence wall and footpath at Victoria Dock Village - West
 

Victoria Dock Village - East:

The footpath at Victoria Dock Village - East has been closed while we continue building the new concrete foundations and flood defence walls, working eastwards from the Half Tide Basin. We will continue this work over the next couple of months, mostly using the same construction method as we did at Victoria Dock Village – West.

However, in the section between Harbour Way and Corinthian Way we have to use steel sheet piles because of the poor ground conditions in this area. Work in this area has started in August 2020 and involves an excavator with an attachment that will vibrate the piles into the ground. We aim to minimise disturbance where possible and expect the sheet piling will be completed by the end of September 2020.

On completion of the flood defence at Victoria Dock Village – East, we will add the same brick cladding and coping stones as at Victoria Dock Village – West.

Image: Brick finish applied to concrete wall units
Image: Brick cladding applied to concrete wall units

We are doing everything we can to keep any disruption and inconvenience to residents to a minimum. However, in order to carry out the construction work, sections of the Trans Pennine Trail remain closed and the signposted diversion route remains in place along South Bridge Road.

We are planning to re-open the footpath by the end of December 2020. However, we will keep the footpath closures under review and we’ll re-open some sections earlier if it safe to do so.
 

Victoria Pier:

Background:
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: https://www.hullcc.gov.uk/padcbc/publicaccess-live/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=PUFAHCSO03400&activeTab=summary

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.

Final landscaping and reinstatement work will take place in the area at the end of the project prior to the work finishing in early 2021.

Current work programme:

The construction site compound at Nelson Street is fully operational and construction work has started on site with the installation of the new steel sheet piles along the estuary edge.

The new sheet piles run along the estuary frontage, under the pier, towards the ‘Oss Wash’ ramp. The new steel wall sits approximately 2.5 metres in front of the existing sheet piles in the estuary.

New sheet piles along the frontage at Victoria Pier
Image: New sheet piles along the frontage at Victoria Pier

A secondary row of new anchor piles are also being installed. These are located within Nelson Street, approximately 13 meters behind the new line of sheet piles on the frontage. The two lines of piles will be tied together with steel rods installed underground to form a rigid structure.

To install the new row of sheet piles along the estuary frontage we have been using a crane and vibrating hammers. We aim to minimise disturbance where possible during this time and expect piling activities will be complete by the end of August 2020.

In order to progress with the piling work we had to dismantle the existing flood defences. However the existing standard of flood protection will be maintained by the temporary flood defence structure we have put in place to the North of Nelson Street.

The pedestrian footbridge on the eastern side of Nelson Street has been closed and partially dismantled to allow us access to install the new flood defences.

In the meantime, Nelson Street remains closed to vehicles and will reopen in early 2021. This is necessary to provide sufficient space to build the new flood defences safely.

The existing disabled parking bays have been temporarily re-located within Nelson Street and will remain accessible for use throughout the duration of the work. Hull City Council have advised that there is alternative parking close by for ‘Zone A’ permit holders.

Pedestrian access will be maintained along Nelson Street throughout the construction phase to enable access to properties and businesses. Public access to Victoria Pier is now closed and the pier will not be accessible until after work to the new flood defences are complete.

We issue regular newsletters for Victoria Pier, which highlight our recent progress and information about planned work. To be added to the mailing list for this newsletter, please email us at Humberhullfrontage@environment-agency.gov.uk
 

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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