The Environment Agency has announced the fantastic news that 300,000 homes and properties have been better protected from the effects of climate change as a result of the government’s £2.6billion investment over the last six years.
The full press release can be read on the Environment Agency (EA) website.
We at JBA Bentley are immensely proud of our role in supporting the EA in achieving this target. We have delivered projects that have contributed significantly to milestone, including improving protection to over 3,000 properties through works to stabilise the flood defences on the Dutch River near Goole and over 1,500 at our works to increase capacity at Bentley Ings Pumping Station that protects residents in the Bentley area of Doncaster.
We have reduced the risk of flooding to over 1,000 properties in York through our award winning work at the Foss Barrier and pumping station, where we have worked tirelessly from the immediate emergency response to the December 2015 floods right through to delivering assets that will protect people and properties for many years to come.
At Great Yarmouth where we are repairing existing flood defences as well as constructing new, our work is protecting a further 2,000 homes and properties. In Lincoln, through schemes at a range of sites throughout the city, we have helped to protect another 2,000 properties.
Tony Moran, Director at JBA Bentley, said, “When we started working on the Water and Environmental Management (WEM) framework we aspired to become a trusted supplier to the EA and play a major role in protecting communities and delivering social outcomes as part of our work.
"Despite facing challenges in realising this aspiration, not least the major flood events in 2015 and 2019 and more recently having to make enormous changes to our ways of working to continue delivery of critical infrastructure during the pandemic, we are proud to have achieved so much. “There is no doubt we couldn’t have achieved the safe, efficient, low carbon results without the support from the EA and the dedication of our fantastic teams.
"We continue to deliver new and challenging flood risk management works and look forward to supporting the EA and other risk management agencies in their targets over the coming years.”
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