Project Update: UK Flood Defence


Costing in the region of £50 million, Phase 1 of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme is one of the largest river flood defence schemes in the country. It comprises of major construction work along the River Aire in the city centre and Holbeck extending a distance of more than 4.5km between Leeds train station and Thwaite Mills.

The scheme includes the installation of innovative, movable weirs which can be lowered in flood conditions to reduce river levels and the threat of flooding. This is the first time that movable weirs have been installed in the UK for flood defence purposes.

Phase 2 of the Leeds flood alleviation scheme is also well underway with the contract for the scheme being awarded already. The next phase of the flood alleviation scheme is the specimen design which is currently an ongoing project looking to be complete by June 2018. The rest of the phase 2 timeline looks like this:

October 2018: Detailed design & build tender & award

November 2018: Start detailed design

Early 2019: commence construction work

We have placed a number of roles on this project and for more information, talk to Sean Furlong


Work has recently begun on the £3.8million scheme to reduce the risk of flooding to over 400 residential and commercial properties in Totnes. The Exeter Flood Defence scheme will reduce flood risk to 3,200 homes and businesses in the city and when complete, the £14m Dawlish defence project will help to reduce the risk of flooding to nearly 2,900 properties, the main railway line and roads around the inner estuary.

The schemes involve improving existing flood defences with new measures including construction of new flood walls, gates, demountable weirs and raising a number of slipways.


Over £68 million has been put aside for flood alleviation in Gloucestershire since 2007 and works are now underway on the scheme in Whaddon to protect over 1000 properties. Currently the construction work is underway to adapt the ground levels on Priors farm and Noverton farm, this in turn will create earth mounds that will have the ability to hold back flood water. The two barriers will be able to hold up to 23,300m3 of water.

This project will also add diversions to current water courses to help prevent water build up and therefore alleviate more of the risk of floods.

We have worked with our client on recruiting Section and Site Engineers for the Devon project and a freelance Site Agent to place in Gloucestershire. Chat to Steve Castle to find out more.