RICS Social Impact Awards recognition for Midlands flood schemes
Our teams in Birmingham and Nottingham have secured two awards for flood defence schemes at the East Midlands and West Midlands RICS Social Impact Awards, which recognise the built environment's positive and transformational contribution to society.
Boston Barrier Flood Defence Scheme in Boston and the Perry Barr Flood Risk Management Scheme in Birmingham were both named best project in the Infrastructure category at the regional awards for the East Midlands and West Midlands respectively.
In 2017 the Lincolnshire town of Boston was hit with the worst floods in 60 years when a tidal surge burst the banks of the River Haven. Water rushed through more than 50 streets in to over 800 properties. The Environment Agency made the Boston Barrier a national priority project and drew up potential solutions to avoid a repeat of the scenario. We provided cost and project management to assist in project strategy and contract execution.
The Perry Barr and Witton Flood Risk Management Scheme was designed to reduce future flood risk along the River Tame following flood damage to more than 400 properties in 2007. A 1.7 million cubic metre flood storage reservoir was constructed in the Sandwell Valley and flood defence walls through Witton. The project reduces flood risk for 1,379 properties with estimated financial benefits exceeding £380m.
Gareth Poole, director of contract services and strategic lead, Birmingham, said:
“There was a huge social impact on the communities of Perry Bar and Witton, and Boston when they were hit by these floods.
"Working with the Environment Agency and the project partners to deliver these vital defence schemes has helped provide security that local people need to plan for the future. These are both real community projects and I am delighted that the teams involved have been recognised for their contribution.”