People living in the Bransholme and Kingswood areas of Hull are now benefitting from improved flood defences thanks to the completion of Yorkshire Water’s new £16m storm water pumping station at Bransholme.
The new pumping station was officially opened by Hull North MP Diana Johnson marking the end of two and a half years’ construction on-site by Yorkshire Water’s contract partners Black and Veatch.
Located in Bransholme on Selset Way, it features six giant Archimedes storm water screw pumps, which during heavy rainfall will help reduce the risk of flooding by moving surface water from the sewers into the site’s storage lagoon. The massive pumps, each equivalent to the length of a blue whale, are amongst the biggest in Europe and serve the purpose of protecting the local sewer network from overflowing during extreme storm conditions.
The new and improved pumping station has around four times greater capacity and can transfer the equivalent of an Olympic swimming pool’s worth of storm water into the lagoon in less than two minutes. Once stored in the lagoon, water is then slowly released into the River Hull.
Since the project began in 2014 Yorkshire Water and Black and Veatch have worked closely with the local community and used their feedback to help shape the plans for the site, including softening the appearance of the new building with a ‘living roof’. The living roof not only improves the appearance of the building, but also provides space for wildlife and helps to reduce noise from the pumping station.
Yorkshire Water’s director of Asset Management Nevil Muncaster said: “Not only is the completion of the new pumping station at Bransholme a big step forward in terms of reducing the flood risk for people in Bransholme and Kingswood, but it is also a significant achievement in terms of innovative design.
“The living roof and brick finish were developed in consultation with local people to make the design as sympathetic as possible to the local surroundings and the solar panels will help to reduce the overall impact on the environment.”
“I’d like to thank local residents for the patience whilst this work has been carried out. It has been a significant engineering challenge and we recognise that this has sometimes had an impact on local people and we are very grateful for their understanding.”
“The city of Hull was developed around the opportunities provided by the water environment, the challenge now is to make Hull even more flood resilient whilst rediscovering the positive role that water can play in shaping a successful and sustainable city.
“Working closely with Hull City Council, the Environment Agency, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and other key stakeholders we are committed to playing our part in helping to deliver that vision.”