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Winner picked for £20m Environment Agency flood job

A Galliford Try and Black & Veatch joint venture (GBV) has won a £19.9m contract to design and build an upgraded flood defence scheme in Staffordshire.

The JV was selected by the Environment Agency for the work in Burton-on-Trent, which will see it repair, replace and raise around 4 km of flood defence embankments and walls.

This is intended to protect 4,500 homes from seepage and overtopping by the River Trent (see aerial image).

The protected zone also includes a caravan park, library and leisure centre, allotments, golf course, industrial estate and a school.

Burton has suffered several floods of varying severity over the last 10 years.

The River Trent most recently burst its banks in April 2018 and submerged Main Street, but no houses were threatened by the flood.

Galliford Try environment business managing director Ian Jones said: “The award is the result of a new way of working based on a collaborative approach, rather than competitive bidding which will add value and deliver long lasting benefits to the community.”

Galliford Try said work will start immediately on the job and is due to complete in early 2021.

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