Friday, March 26, 2010

News: Rotherham flood alleviation scheme wins national award


A Rotherham project to reduce the impact of flooding along the River Don has won the first national award of its kind.

The £15m Phase 1 section of the flood alleviation scheme between Templeborough and the town centre, won the Flood Risk Management Award at this year's Waterways Renaissance Awards, run by The Waterways Trust and BURA (British Urban Regeneration Association).

It is the first time a Flood Risk Management Award – sponsored by engineering consultancy Halcrow – has been presented.

The scheme and its Centenary Wetland Park were also commended in the Natural Environment category, sponsored by the Government's Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The awards ceremony took place at the Lowry Gallery in Manchester this month.

Cllr Gerald Smith, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Planning and Transportation said: "This is a significant piece of work within the £2bn Rotherham Renaissance programme for our town centre… an acknowledgement of the sound approach that the team have taken to resolving the need to live with the river."

"We're creating the right conditions for new investment in areas yet to be boosted by the massive regeneration that’s taking place alongside the river."

It was a partnership scheme with the Environment Agency and Yorkshire Forward, the EU's Objective 1, contractors Volker Stevin and engineering company Jacobs, and the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham.

Rotherham Renaissance website

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