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Blue whale sized screw pumps to be fitted as part of Hull's £16 million flood protection scheme

Yorkshire Water is about to reach a major milestone on its plans to install a new state-of-the-art surface water pumping station to provide protection to around 15,000 properties in Bransholme and Kingswood, as part of Hull’s £16 million flood protection scheme.

From next week, specialist contractors, Black and Veatch, will be delivering six giant Archimedes screw pumps to site, each equivalent to the length of a blue whale. These will have four times more pumping capacity than currently available at the pumping station and will afford the maximum amount of protection the site can provide.

Constructed in Holland, the pumps will be shipped to Immingham this weekend. They will then be transported over the Humber Bridge at night to try and reduce disruption to the local area, and stored in a layby. Throughout the week, the company hope to bring two pumps to the entrance off Selset Way, one between 9.30am and 10.30am and the second between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

Yorkshire Water has liaised with Hull City Council, local highways and the police to try and ensure that disruption during these times is kept to a minimum. Prior to the screws arriving, a 500 tonne crane will be delivered first thing Monday morning to lift them into place. 

Once installed, the screw pumps will be some of the biggest in Europe, each one being 28 metres in length, four metres in diameter and weighing around 45 tonnes.

Yorkshire Water Project Manager Stewart Thomson said: “We’ve been planning the delivery of these new pumps for months, and once installed, we can continue with this major investment project in Hull. We've written to local residents in the area to update them on our progress and the deliveries next week".

He added: “When putting together our 25 year plan for Yorkshire, our customers told us that flooding was one of their key issues and this scheme will go a long way to reducing the risk of surface water flooding to thousands of customers.”

“From the beginning, we’ve liaised closely with the local community and used their feedback to help shape our plans, which include softening the appearance of the new building through the creation of a ‘living roof’ that will have environmental features such as green roofs and solar panels. It will help also reduce any noise for people living nearby."

The whole project is due to be completed by Spring 2016.

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