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The Boston Barrier scheme is part of a phased approach to reduce the risk of tidal flooding to over 14,000 properties and 500 businesses.
The 25m steel rising cill sector gate and the construction is being installed and built on a working river, with waterways both upstream and downstream used regularly. Other factors taken into account, along with the ease of navigation for vessels, was the design of the defence, build components, minimising risk, and utilising offsite construction.
The scheme is deemed a National Priority Project within the Environment Agency’s Six Year Programme and is fully funded by the Government’s Flood Defence Grant in Aid. Once operational Boston’s tidal flood barrier will offer the best standard of protection against tidal flooding outside of London.
In this lecture, Boston Barrier Project Director, Adam Robinson, will explain the history of the scheme and give an overview of the project to date.
Adam has been working on the Boston Barrier project since December 2014, a year after the East Coast tidal surge which flooded almost 800 properties and business in Boston. Adam has been an integral part of the Environment Agency’s delivery team in ensuring the timely submission of the Full Business Case and HMT Green Book financial submission, as well as the Boston Barrier Transport and Works Act Order application in 2017.
Adam has led on the delivery of the main legal agreements with all key stakeholders and with his communication’s team on local engagement prior to and during the Public Inquiry in 2017.
Adam continues to maintain corporate continuity on the project, through its delivery phase, ensuring the scheme – which is an Environment Agency priority scheme – delivers its 5% target for the 300,000 homes better protected by March 2021.
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