Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
North West England
Leeds City Council
Berwick Ferrocast post and rail; Stanton Moor walling
Because of concerns about flooding risks associated with climate change and increasing urbanisation, Leeds City Council, in partnership with the Environment Agency, has installed flood defences between Leeds train station and Knostrop Lock downstream of the city centre. The £50m flood alleviation scheme (FAS) uses moveable weir technology and is one of the largest river flood alleviation schemes in the country. It also provides environmental improvements to the waterfront wherever possible, including landscaped waterfront seating areas, opportunities for biodiversity and cycle paths between the city centre and the wider Lower Aire Valley.
The project comprises three main elements: state-of-the-art mechanical weirs; the merging of the river and canal; and flood walls and embankments stretching 4.5km through the city centre.
Marshalls was brought into the procurement process early enough to offer their expertise which helped to achieve several environmental benefits for the project.
Ferrocast Berwick polyurethane post and rail system has traditional styling and was installed to create a safe barrier along the waterfront.
Ferrocast has a number of economic and quality benefits as opposed to using cast iron.
The scheme was officially opened by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Judith Blake CBE and Chair of the Environment Agency, Emma Howard Boyd and will provide more than 3,000 homes, 500 businesses and 300 acres of development land with increased protection against flooding from the River Aire and Holbeck.