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ProCon Leicestershire Awards 2016

Project Detail

River Soar Flood Alleviation Scheme, Leicester

Sustainable Development of the Year Award 2016 Winner

Creating and enhancing green infrastructure along Leicester’s river corridor has reduced the flood risk to 2,000 homes and businesses in one of the UK’s cities at greatest risk of flooding.

Disused public spaces have been transformed, public access improved and new habitat created along this important ecological corridor.

The flood alleviation scheme works by removing barriers to flood conveyance and improving the capacity of the floodplain to store water. This draws water away from areas of built development by lowering flood levels.

Project Overview

Land has been lowered at Abbey Meadows to increase floodplain capacity. A new cycle route has been constructed to a transformed public open space with tree planting, a large wetland and areas of wildflower meadow.

At Bath Street the floodplain has been reconnected with the river by re- landscaping an old dredging tip, making space for water.

And at the Great Central Way bridge over the River Biam, a branch of the River Soar in Aylestone, flood arches have been cleared of silt and debris which has built up over a period of 100 years.

Land has been lowered downstream of the Watermead Way bridge to improve flood hydraulics and a new area of wetland has been created. 


    Entered by

    Environment Agency

    Parties involved

    Leicester City Council
    Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership
    Jacksons Civil Engineering


    Contract Value

    £3.0 million


    Completion Date

    June 2016


    Scheme Location

    Corporation Road
    LE4 5PW

    (view on Google Maps)

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