Gold for £20m flood alleviation scheme

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A £20M flood alleviation scheme has won gold at a national awards ceremony.

The Southern Water project to reduce the risk of sewer flooding in parts of Portsmouth and Southsea was recognised at the Considerate Constructors 2015 Site Awards.

As well as a gold award, it was named second best overall site in the country.

Carried out by contractor 4Delivery, the scheme involved construction of new pipes and sewers as well as two new underground pumping stations. Construction started in October 2012 at various locations across the city and completed last year.

Judges noted the site team’s efforts to communicate with customers, keep everyone safe, protect the environment and support the community.

Madeline Stoneman, from Southern Water, said: ‘This was a major project, so talking to communities and keeping impact to a minimum was a priority.

‘We’re grateful to customers for their support, which contributed to the success of the scheme.’