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Interserve wins £11m contract to build Hessle Foreshore Tidal Defence Scheme

by Interserve Press Office | Jun 05, 2020

Interserve wins £11m contract to build Hessle Foreshore Tidal Defence SchemeInterserve Group Limited, the international support services, construction and equipment group, has been appointed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council to deliver the £11m Hessle Foreshore Tidal Defence Scheme to create a new 700-metre long, permanent tidal defence adjacent to the Humber Estuary.

The works will provide protection to low-lying properties near the Hessle foreshore from flooding in the future.

The contract was awarded through the YORcivil 2 Framework Agreement in Yorkshire and Humberside. YORcivil 2 delivers a wide range of civil engineering and construction works to local authorities and other public sector bodies in Yorkshire and the Humberside.

The work is being jointly funded with grants from the Environment Agency (FDGiA), the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (ERDF) and the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund Programme.

The Hessle Foreshore Tidal Defence Scheme has been designed to defend more than 4,000 homes, as well as 67 non-residential properties, over the next 50 years

The scope of Interserve Construction’s works includes the installation of a 465-metre long glass panels flood wall barrier, which when installed will be one of the longest in the UK. It also includes a 440-metre steel sheet pile foundation and a 260-metre gravity reinforced concrete foundation all of which must be installed adjacent to the Humber estuary which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the natural habitat for rare birds and wildlife.

Works are due to commence on site in May 2020 with a planned completion date in late Spring 2021.

Jim Wilkinson, Associate Director, Interserve Construction, said: “This is an ambitious and much-need project for the area around Hessle and the works will be completed using innovative silent piling techniques to minimise disruption to the local residents and will minimise waste by recycling more than 50 per cent of the excavated materials.

“We have a long track record in the Yorkshire and Humberside region for delivering major infrastructure and transport projects drawing on our wide-ranging experience and civil engineering capabilities. Recent projects delivered in the region by Interserve Construction include the installation of a new landmark bridge in Hull and the new £12m transport interchange in Rotherham.”

Councillor Chris Matthews, Portfolio Holder for Strategic Management at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "I am extremely pleased work is starting on this major tidal defence project. When the whole scheme is complete it will help to minimise the risk of flooding to thousands of properties in Hessle and west Hull, which have suffered the effects of tidal surges before, the last one being in 2013.”

Dean Hamblin, the Environment Agency’s Senior Flood Risk Advisor for the East Riding, said: “This work on Hessle Foreshore is a key flood risk management scheme and links with the Environment Agency’s £42 million Humber Hull Frontage scheme to the East.

“Together they will help reduce the risk of flooding to more than 100,000 properties in the city and form part of a wider £200 million investment in flood defence work across the East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull.”


For more information contact:

Ian Green
Corporate Affairs Manager (Interserve Construction)
Telephone: 07740 513535

About Interserve Group Limited

Interserve Group Limited is one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies. We offer design, construction, equipment, facilities management and frontline public services. We are headquartered in the UK and have consolidated revenues of £2.9bn and a workforce of circa 53,500 people worldwide.

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