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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.
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.
Leicester City Council
Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership
Jacksons Civil Engineering
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