Contractor awarded £35 million Cardiff coastal defence job
The engineering company Knights Brown, based in Hampshire, has been awarded the contract to build Cardiff’s new coastal flood defence system.
The £35m scheme on the Rover Way foreshore and the banks of the River Rhymney, has been designed to protect properties from extreme weather and rising sea levels for the next 100 years.
Work is expected to start on site later this year and will take around 3 years to complete.
The scheme will see 150,000 tonnes of rock barrier installed along the coast to manage erosion and high tides, sheet piling along the Lamby Way roundabout and rock protection for the Lamby Way Bridge.
Details of the scheme were first made public in April 2021 when Cardiff council requested an environmental impact assessment.
The plans were subsequently approved by the local authority in June 2021.
The Welsh Government will fund 85 per cent of the works with the council paying the remainder.
Research released last year suggested that Cardiff is the local authority in The UK most at risk of flooding due to the current climate crisis.
According to the research published by Fathom, a Bristol-based flood-mapping business, two other areas in Wales, Neath Port Talbot and Rhondda Cynon Taf, also feature in the 10 most vulnerable areas in the UK.
Fathom claims its mapping model is the first to use climate crisis data to predict which areas will be the most at risk of flooding due to rivers or heavy rainfall by 2050.
It estimates 17.09% of properties in Cardiff are at risk of flooding, an increase from 15.06% in 2020.
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