A major flood risk management scheme is underway in Worcestershire.
Ipswich-headquartered Jackson Civil Engineering has been appointed as lead contractor to the Beales Corner flood scheme in Bewdley.
Engineering consultant Arup is the lead designer on the scheme, led by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.
Bewdley is at risk of significant flooding from River Severn.
Houses, businesses, transport links and highways have been severely impacted numerous times in the past decade.
After flooding in 2020, the UK Government made funding available, enabling the Environment Agency (EA) to consider a flood risk management scheme.
The project will replace the low-level temporary flood barriers currently used.
Demountable flood barriers and permanent raised walls will be constructed.
When finished it will protect more than 50 homes, 160 businesses, and schools and other public services.
Materials chosen for the scheme “aims to preserve” the heritage of the area.
Construction will take between 18 months to two years to complete.
“We are very happy to mark the official start of the main construction on this important and much-needed flood risk management scheme at Beales Corner,” said EA operations manager for the West Midlands, Anthony Perry.
“We know the devastating impact flooding can have, which is why protecting the people of Bewdley is our top priority as we adapt to the increased threat of flood events caused by climate change.”
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