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Cottingham and Orchard Park Flood Alleviation Scheme

Major flood alleviation scheme completed

Esh Construction have completed phase 2 of a major flood alleviation scheme in the East Riding to protect around 4000 properties from flooding.

Following the devastating effects to the thousands of homes and businesses from the 2007 floods, East
Riding of Yorkshire Council formed a partnership with Hull City Council to provide a solution to the threat of repeat flooding.

Cottingham and Orchard Park Flood Alleviation Scheme lagoon

Storage lagoons

The scheme consists of nine interlinked water attenuation lagoons that store rainfall to reduce the risk of surface water flooding. Most of the time they remain dry allowing the land to be used for agricultural and recreational purposes, but during severe wet weather the combined capacity provides storage of over 300,000 cubic metres of floodwater.

Even before the scheme was fully completed in December 2020, the lagoons were operational during the winter 2019/20 season. They prevented flooding of nearby properties again during Storm Christoph in January 2021.

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Cottingham and Orchard Park Flood Alleviation Scheme

Procured through YORcivil2

Esh Construction was awarded the contract for COPFAS following a single stage competition through YORcivil2.

The scheme forms part of East Riding of Yorkshire Council's flood risk strategy and was funded by £14m Defra Flood Defence Grant in Aid funding and £5m of Local Growth Funding from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.

Flood Risk Strategy
Worklink Memory Garden Cottingham

Social value

While delivering the scheme Esh supported YORhub's community initiative, YOR4Good, by teaming up with Worklink which provides employment support and training for adults with a learning disability. Esh developed a memory garden to benefit Worklink's service users, staff and visitors.

Esh delivers dementia-friendly garden through YOR4Good

An award-winning project

COPFAS Phase 1 was the proud winner of the Smeaton Award at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Yorkshire and Humber Awards, recognising achievement, excellence or innovation in civil engineering.

Phase 2 of the project was awarded an ICE Yorkshire and Humber Centenary Award Certificate of Excellence in 2021.

ICE Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2021

Drone footage - July 2020

Footage by Footprint Photography