Using our expertise in flood defence to protect UK homes
In December 2014, we completed a £21 million flood alleviation project for the Environment Agency and Northumberland County Council.
The town of Morpeth in Northumberland, UK, has a long history of flooding, located in the floodplain of the River Wansbeck. The Morpeth Flood Alleviation Scheme was designed to protect the town from the level of flooding experienced in 2008 when over 1,000 homes and businesses were flooded.
To protect the residents’ properties, we built an upstream storage dam and a new earth embankment to store 1.4 million m3 of flood water. We also constructed flood defence walls throughout the town centre, installed flood gates and raised roads.