Nottingham Left Bank flood scheme - a major scheme with major benefits.
Why does Nottingham need a flood scheme?
Nottingham has a long history of flooding, going back as far as 1683. The current flood defence was built in 1947 after flooding affected 28 miles of road, 3000 properties and 86 factories in the city centre.
After the flood events in 2000 we worked with partner organisations to study the flood risk over the entire length of the River Trent and its main tributaries.
The findings were published in the Fluvial Trent Strategy (2005) which showed that the existing defence offered a relatively low standard of protection compared with the latest best practice recommendations. Based on this work we have built the Nottingham Left Bank flood scheme.
What are we doing to reduce flood risk?
The £45 million scheme reduces the risk of flooding to 16,000 homes and businesses along a 27 kilometre stretch of the River Trent, from Sawley to Colwick. It also provides additional protection to key infrastructure at the heart of the communities along the Trent. The new scheme reduces the risk of flooding to one per cent (1 in 100 chance) in any given year.
The scheme is the biggest individual inland flood defence ever built in terms of properties protected. The scheme covers the following areas:
Sawley and Trent Meadows
The scheme reducing the flood risk to large areas of Long Eaton includes:
- raising and rebuilding of approximately 1.8km of flood embankment
- constructing about 250m of new flood wall
- raising the B6540 at Sawley
- replacing the flood gate across the Erewash canal.
Beeston and Rylands
The scheme includes:
- raising 700m of existing flood wall
- building 200m of new flood wall
- rebuilding 900m of flood embankment
- raising of the flood gate on the Beeston canal.
The scheme created 2.5km of new flood wall between the Attenborough Nature Reserve and the railway line and raised the road at Barton Lane. The completed works will reduce the risk of flooding in Attenborough village. The nature reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and required special care to minimise the effect on the environment.
The scheme extends through the Victoria Embankment Park for a length of about 1.8km. The design had to consider listed structures such as the War Memorial and the bandstand as well as making sure that events such as the Riverside Festival and the Robin Hood marathon were not affected.
About 2.5 kilometres of embankments and flood walls have been raised and strengthened.
For more information
More information about the Nottingham Left Bank flood scheme:
To find out how to prepare yourself and your property for flooding visit our flood action web page.