Stantec has been appointed to design the new Wrangle Pumping Station in East Lincolnshire following its support in obtaining full project funding from the Environment Agency. The pumping station provides flood protection for a catchment area of approximately 2,169ha, containing approximately 117 residential properties and 26 commercial properties that would otherwise be at risk. The majority of the catchment is high grade arable land and of national importance in terms of food production.
Stantec was initially appointed to provide feasibility work to consider the potential replacement of the existing Wrangle Pumping Station. This led to the preparation of a Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management Grant-in-Aid funding application which was successful in obtaining full project funding to the estimated value of £3.87m. Approval was granted in March 2022.
Subsequently Stantec has completed the outline design for the proposed pumping station. The pumping station proposes to use an innovative type of land drainage pump considered by the Environment Agency as best in class for promoting eel passage and far more efficient and sustainable than traditional pumps.
The pumping station proposes to use an innovative type of land drainage pump considered by the Environment Agency as best in class
Simon Darch, Project Director, at Stantec, said: “We’re delighted to take this project forward which demonstrates our ability to deliver water level management schemes and the full package of consultancy disciplines required to deliver a scheme from start to finish. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with W4IDB and indeed other internal drainage boards associated with the Water Management Alliance (WMA), showing how we can work with clients to achieve funding support for projects that would otherwise be unfeasible.”
Ed Johnson, Chief Engineer, Witham Fourth District Internal Drainage Board said: “This is an excellent result for the Board, on the confirmation of DEFRA Flood Risk Grant in Aid for Wrangle Pumping Station project. When we originally put the pumping station forward for grant aid, our goal was to obtain enough funding for a refurbishment. We are delighted that Stantec’s hard work has obtained us full funding for a new replacement pumping station.”
Following this work and previous water level management schemes delivered on behalf of W4IDB, W4IDB has appointed Stantec to carry out a feasibility study on the replacement of Benington and Leverton pumping stations to the south of Wrangle and has signed up to the SCAPE Perfect Circle Framework. Stantec is well positioned in this field having delivered the first such pumping station of its kind in the UK in 2018.