Flood alleviation scheme picks up regional honour

INFRASTRUCTURE A project to protect against flooding in Portsmouth has won an award
INFRASTRUCTURE A project to protect against flooding in Portsmouth has won an award
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THE Portsmouth Flood Alleviation Scheme was awarded the prestigious Community Benefit Award for the entire South East England region at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Regional Awards night.

4Delivery Ltd, a joint venture between Costain, Veolia Water and MWH, received the award for the £21 million project, alongside Southern Water Services Ltd.

The benefits to residents and the local economy are immense

Suzanne Moroney, regional director of ICE South East England

The scheme involved increasing the level of protection against flooding at the Eastney Wastewater Pumping Station by diverting surface water away from the combined sewer network.

The project, which was completed in May 2013, was commended for being a sustainable solution that not only met the flood defence requirements, but also provided other benefits across the city, such as protecting homes and businesses against flooding and reducing the costs of water provision for customers.

The award was presented to the team by ICE President Professor David Balmforth at One Great George Street in Westminster, the prestigious home of civil engineering.

Suzanne Moroney, regional director of ICE South East England, said: ‘Prior to this scheme 750 homes and business would be affected by a flooding event.

‘The benefits to residents and the local economy are immense.

‘The judges were particularly impressed by the additional benefits provided to the local community through local employment and training, a healthy living campaign and providing space for local schools to display their artwork.

‘The project design also ensured minimal operating costs.’

The judges said: ‘We were particularly impressed by the number of people that have benefited from this project.

‘An excellent approach to health and safety, combined with considerate use of the existing natural environment make this a worthy winner of the Community Benefit Award’.

Five other projects received awards at the ceremony.