Mott MacDonald joins £1.2bn Lincolnshire Lakes scheme

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North Lincolnshire Council has commissioned Mott MacDonald to design a £13m flood defence scheme near Scunthorpe.

The £1.2bn Lincolnshire Lakes scheme is a strategic regeneration project by Lucent Group that will see six new villages created on a flood plain to the west of the town near Burringham and Gunness. It is expected that 6,000 homes, a primary school, stadium, community centre and retirement home, as well as new access roads and local shops serving the villages, will be built among a series of artificial lakes by 2028.

Mott MacDonald will undertake the detailed design of flood defences, with associated ground investigation studies, for 3.6km of the River Trent between the M180 and the southern boundary of Keadby Bridge. It will also provide flood modelling and risk assessments, ecological surveys and screening, planning application and environmental statement advice, stakeholder engagement and the drafting of construction specification documents.

Mott MacDonald project director Colin Greensill said: “One of the key components of the scheme is to deliver a flood management solution which ensures a safe development, free from flooding. North Lincolnshire Council’s investment will help prevent any future flooding into the new villages while also help improve flood defences for existing villages as well.”

Mott MacDonald’s commission is due to be completed in the first quarter of 2016, with construction expected to begin shortly after.