Project Update

Construction

With Carillion’s liquidation in January, the Council has been working to appoint new contractors to complete final snagging and remediation work throughout the scheme as quickly as possible.

Channel maintenance

Planned winter tree management works in the vicinity of Washford Rd-East Coast Rd and Meadowhall South have been completed. Selected crack willows identified as presenting a risk of falling into the river and causing blockages have been cropped or removed to prevent them from causing flooding.

In the spring-summer, the main activities will focus on the treatment of invasive species including Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam and Giant Hogweed.

Volunteer days are ongoing, and will also pick up on increased debris and litter which has been washed downstream into the LDV during recent storms and high river levels.

Insurance event April 2018

On the 18th April, the Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Insurance Institute of Sheffield hosted an event for BID levy paying businesses at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) Technology Centre.

The purpose of the event was to give confidence to insurance industry experts that local measures have significantly improved the standard of flood protection in the Lower Don Valley, thus informing local decisions on insurance renewal premiums; and to enable businesses to network and build contacts with potential new providers.

Chaired by Geoff Fenwick, President of the Sheffield Insurance Institute, the event provided attendees with a range of interesting presentations:

  • Jim Fletcher, Flood and Water Manager, Sheffield City Council – “Sheffield’s Wider Flood Programme and Long-Term Management Plans”
  • Darren Wood, Aviva and Doug Lang, SLR Consulting – “An Insurer’s Perspective”
  • Steve Dunn, Independent Insurance Risk Manager – “A Broker’s Perspective”
  • Mike Bond, Director, Vericlaim UK – “Reinstatement – a loss adjuster’s perspective”

The Chamber, Council and Environment Agency were among those who responded to questions regarding emergency flood response procedures to be employed in the LDV and the timescales for updating local flood maps update local flood maps as quickly as possible to reflect the updated standard of protection in the LDV. All parties continue to work together to progress these matters, with momentum being recognised with at least one of the underwriters present indicating that they were reducing their risk rating for the LDV because of the new flood defences. A package of information including descriptions of the capital works carried out, maps and local authority emergency operation procedures is being developed which will be available to businesses for them to use when seeking to negotiate better insurance terms in the future.

Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Awards Yorkshire & Humber 2018

These awards showcase the outstanding work done by civil engineers from across the region over the past two years.

Having been nominated for the Centenary Award (Projects over £5m), the LDV Flood Defence Project received a Certificate of Excellence at the ICE awards ceremony held on the 27th April. The scheme was commended for the scale of benefits provided to business and the city region as well as engagement with the community and emphasis on efficient and economic design. The category winner was another flood scheme in the town of Skipton which included construction of flood storage reservoirs on Eller Beck and Waller Hill Beck.

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