A Galliford Try and Black & Veatch joint venture is set to start work on a £95m flood defence scheme in Derby after planning permission was granted.
The GBV JV will carry out work including demolition of existing buildings, removal of existing flood embankments and the strengthening and construction of new flood defence walls and embankments.
There are around 2,000 properties in Derby currently at risk from flooding in a severe flood event. The largest recorded flooding incidences from the River Derwent occurred in 1931, 1932 and 1965.
Derby City Council said the new defences would protect the city from a one-in-100-year flood occurence and help with the development of brownfield sites along the River Derwent.
Cabinet member for communities and city centre regeneration Martin Rawson said: “The riverside area contains a number of sites with the potential for development but this has not previously been possible due to their location within zones of high flood risk.
“Planning approval for this scheme marks the start of a new era for Derby, with vital flood protection measures and the significant regeneration of key development sites along the riverside.
“We will see the city centre reconnected to the river and the important economic and social benefits associated with a reinvigorated riverside community.”
A planning application was submitted in February for the scheme, which is expected to be completed by 2022.
The overall project covers 13 km of the Derwent and is being funded from sources including flood defence grant from the Environment Agency, Local Growth Fund and Derby City Council.
GBV will start work on the scheme’s first package next month, subject to planning conditions.