3 August 2015

A leading contactor has now been appointed to develop one of the largest flood protection programmes in the UK.

Carillion has been named as the contractor chosen to carry out the works to enhance the protection of Sheffield’s Lower Don Valley from major flooding.

The scheme, a £19 million flood protection project on the River Don over an eight kilometre stretch between the Wicker and the M1 motorway is already well advanced. Channel maintenance works are already underway and design work, planning approvals and site preparation are close to completion for the physical defences.

Sheffield City Council is leading the project, and is working in partnership with Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, and the Environment Agency.

The Chamber of Commerce is chairing a BID steering group and will keep all stakeholders regularly updated about the programme of works.

The project is funded by public sector funding from DEFRA and the Environment Agency, plus an annual contribution from over 250 organisations through a Business Improvement District (BID).

This is the first flood defence project in the UK to incorporate a BID as a means of funding a capital scheme. Similarly, this is the first BID in the UK to be used to fund any type of capital construction project, as opposed to traditional service-oriented BIDs like the one that is due to be delivered in the city centre.

Councillor Terry Fox, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport at Sheffield City Council, said: “Carillion have been appointed to lead on this vitally important work in the Lower Don Valley. As we saw in 2007, flooding devastates communities and can ruin homes and businesses. The Council is absolutely determined to do all we can to reduce the risk of flooding.

“Over the next 50 years, around 6,000 households and 2,000 businesses in our city will be at increased risk of flooding due to climate change, so we have to get ready now. This could cost the local economy up to £1 billion as well as proving catastrophic for residents and businesses.

“The new flood defences will raise the standard of protection to a ‘one in 100 year’ event, which exceeds the insurance industry’s minimum requirements of protection. A key benefit of this project is that it should help businesses secure flood insurance and benefit from reduced insurance premiums and excesses.

“This scheme will protect 500 businesses and 5,000 employees in the Lower Don Valley. Without this initiative jobs could be lost and valuable investment turned away from the city.

“This is why I am delighted we are pressing ahead with this work. We will do our very best to reduce the risk of Sheffield flooding now and into the future.”

As well as helping to protect properties from flooding, improvements and maintenance along the River Don will also improve the habitat for wildlife.

Cllr Fox added: “This programme is a unique investment opportunity which will give Sheffield the best possible chance to become more resilient to flooding and the effects of climate change.

“I look forward to progressing these ambitious schemes in the years to come.”

Martin Black, Carillion project manager said: “Carillion is delighted to have been appointed to carry out this high profile and important project. This is a complex programme of work and once complete it will provide protection from flooding for hundreds of businesses which employ around 5,000 people in the area.

“This is part of our continuing relationship with Sheffield where Carillion has a major presence through our work on the BRT Tinsley Link and our customer experience centre.”

Work on the Lower Don Valley scheme will begin later this summer and will take around 18 months to complete.

Some roads may be affected by the work and any diversions or changes to traffic routes will be publicised in advance. The Council will work very closely with local businesses to minimise disruption during the work.

To find out more about the project, visit ldvflooddefence.co.uk or call Clare Maguire at the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce on 0114 213 2993.

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Notes for editors:
The River Stewardship Company (RSC), a local social enterprise, has been carrying out river channel maintenance work as a pilot scheme for the past 12 months. This work is vital to help prevent blockages in the river, which exacerbates flooding, in severe storms. The RSC will continue to carry out this work for the next six months whilst a contract is tendered for the next 3.5 years through to June 2019.
Sheffield City Council is determined to improve the city’s resilience to flooding by securing vital investment in flood and drainage infrastructure. The Council has now registered six flood protection schemes – at a total cost of £56 million over the next few years.
This is one of the largest commitments to tackling flooding from any council in the country, and will reduce flood risk for around 6,000 households and 2,000 businesses – as well as clearing the way to support the building of new homes across Sheffield.
The other five flood prevention schemes are a £12.4 million flood alleviation programme on the River Sheaf; a £11.9 million flood alleviation scheme in the Upper Don, including the rivers Loxley and Rivelin; an £8.2 million culvert renewal programme on watercourses across the city; a £2.6 million environmental scheme to manage surface water from planned developments on the Manor and Arbourthorne estates; and a £2 million flood alleviation scheme on the upper Blackburn Brook, which would benefit 233 homes in Chapeltown and Ecclesfield.
So far, the Lower Don Valley flood alleviation scheme has fully secured funding. The other five schemes have an estimated value of £37 million; and it is proposed that £23 million of this will come from a central grant and the other £14 million from partnership funding.
If funding is approved by the Government and the schemes go ahead as required, the full programme will be completed by 2021.

Carillion:
Carillion is a leading integrated support services company with a substantial portfolio of Public Private Partnership projects and extensive construction capabilities. The Group had annual revenue in 2014 of some £4.1 billion, employs around 42,000 people and operates across the UK, in the Middle East and Canada.
The Group has four business segments.
Support services – this includes facilities management, facilities services, energy services, utility services, road maintenance, rail services and consultancy services.
Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects – this includes investing activities in PPP projects for Government buildings and infrastructure, mainly in the Defence, Health, Education, Transport and Secure accommodation sectors.
Middle East construction services – this includes building and civil engineering activities in the Middle East.
Construction services (excluding the Middle East) – this includes building, civil engineering and developments activities in the UK and construction activities in Canada.
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