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GBV secures flagship flood management project

Design-and-build scheme will protect and rejuvenate the centre of Derby

Redhill, UK (April 2015) – A flagship flood risk management scheme has been awarded to GBV, a joint venture comprising Galliford Try and Black & Veatch. What sets Derby’s Our City Our River scheme apart is the way partnership funding has been achieved by combining flood management with urban regeneration.

By creating three kilometres of flood defences GBV’s work will rejuvenate areas of Derby city centre currently underutilised because of insufficient flood protection. “The scheme is about more than safeguarding people and property from flooding. It is also about re-establishing a positive relationship between Derby and its river by helping realise the economic potential of brownfield sites currently at risk of flooding,” according to Matthew Nott, a director for GBV.

Derby City Council awarded the £11.7 million design-and-build package to GBV under the Environment Agency’s Water & Environmental Management (WEM) Framework. The package is part of the Our City Our River scheme, which has a total value of £90 million. The EA and council worked closely to formulate the ambitious scheme which will be paid for in part through innovative partnership funding with developers.

When complete the investment will protect more than 1,450 homes and nearly 800 businesses, as well as key infrastructure, currently at risk during severe flood events.

“Our City Our River is essentially a complex series of sites which need to be considered as a single co-ordinated scheme,” Nott added.

“As existing defences come to the end of their life, the approach in Derby is to realign defences away from the river to make space for water. This enhances the river’s biodiversity and contributes to the delivery of Water Framework Directive objectives.”

Matthew Nott, a director for GBV

Editor’s Notes:

  • Our City Our River is a £90m flood risk management scheme along 13.5 kilometres of the River Derwent through the city of Derby
  • Since June 2013 Black & Veatch and Galliford Try have been GBV joint venture partners on the Environment Agency’s Water and Environmental Management (WEM) framework
  • Black & Veatch has been working for the EA since 1997, Galliford Try has been serving the agency since 2006
  • Matthew Nott is a director of Black & Veatch as well as GBV

About Galliford Try
Galliford Try plc is a leading UK housebuilding and construction group. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and a member of the FTSE 250. The housebuilding business – through its Linden Homes brand – sells distinctive homes to the public and affordable homes to housing associations and local authority providers across the South and South East of England.  The construction business carries out building and infrastructure work across the UK with clients ranging from major Government departments through to regulated utilities and private sector companies. At the end of the financial year to 30 June 2013, the Group generated revenues of £1.5 billion. 

On 10 July 2014 Galliford Try acquired Miller Construction.  Miller Construction is a UK construction business which delivers building and infrastructure projects to both the public and private sectors. In the year to 31 December 2013, Miller Construction reported revenue of £409 million.

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