- Updated: 09 December, 2016
What will the project deliver?
This project was to address safety concerns under the Reservoirs Act 1975. It delivered:
- Strengthening of 16km of the South Barrier Bank (the dam), placing 300,000 tonnes of material on the landward side
- A 250m long concrete wave wall
- Completion within a limited timescale and ahead of schedule
- No disturbance to overwintering and ground nesting birds by working only in the summer months
- Low impact on residents during the works
- Finished work blends into the landscape
This project provides improved flood defence for the area. It protects homes, roads, railways and farmland in the Fenland area to the southeast of Peterborough. The added benefit was the improvement to local footpaths.
The project also delivered wildlife habitat improvements such as an otter holt, reptile hibernacula and kingfisher banks.
- The reservoir covers an area of approximately 1,450 hectares
- The equivalent of 14,000 Olympic-sized pools (25,000 cubic metres) of flood water can be temporarily stored on the Washes
- The area includes a Special Protection Area, a Special Area of Conservation, a RAMSAR site and a Site of Special Specific Interest, homes to rare and at risk fish, plants and insects
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