PRAISE has been heaped on a coastal defence project which is in development across the north of Portsea island.
The £44m project was picked from 50 across the UK as the winner of Environment Agency’s large projects review group at the Environment Agency’s National Project Excellence Awards.
The defences are designed to protect the coastline from Tipner through to Milton Common, which is one of the most vulnerable flood risk areas in Portsmouth.
Portsmouth City Council environment cabinet member Councillor Rob New said: ‘The construction work will provide much-needed flood defences and when future phases are completed it will offer one of the highest standards of protection outside London, as well as enable further regeneration within the city.’
Project manager Marc Bryan said: ‘The project is fantastic news for Portsmouth and for it to be recognised nationally is a testament to the importance of this work for our waterfront city.
‘Construction work is already well underway, with the first £6m being invested at Anchorage Park.
For it to be recognised nationally is a testament to the importance of this work for our waterfront cityMarc Bryan
‘The new defences here are due to be completed this autumn.’
The Environment Agency were particularly impressed with the level of flood protection the new defences will provide – one of the highest in the country outside of London.
They also commended the way the team have incorporated the impacts of climate change over the next 100 years into the design.
The new defences will help protect over 4,200 homes and 500 businesses in the city over the next 100 years. Construction has currently underway at Anchorage Park.
The rest of the defences are set to be built in stages over the next 10 years.
The project is being managed by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership on behalf of Portsmouth City Council.
Council leader Cllr Donna Jones said: ‘I’d like to give huge thanks to the East Solent Coastal Partnership for all their work on behalf of the council, managing to secure a phenomenal amount of money in order to protect areas of the city most vulnerable to flooding.
‘Already, £44 million pounds of coastal defence work has now started in preparation for the winter period, with more to follow shortly.
‘We’re thrilled to receive this recognition.’