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Everyone has a part to play

What can I do?

Everyone can help reducing the flood risk and building a resilient Hull and Haltemprice: Living with Water. Whether you are a local resident, a commercial business or a service organisation you all have a part to play.

Here are some examples of what people are already doing:

Yorkshire loves a binner!

Did you know that around 45% of all blockages in sewers in Yorkshire are caused by people putting the wrong things down their toilets and sinks?

Reducing the number of blockages in our sewers is a massive job and, as well as asking our customers to do their bit by thinking carefully about what they're putting down their sinks and toilets, we remain 100% committed to doing everything we can to reduce the number of sewer flooding incidents in the region.

Over the next five years we're investing £252 million to improve the quality of our sewer network and, when you have 20,000 miles of sewerage pipework to look after that takes away sewage from nearly 2 million homes, it’s no mean feat to keep things flowing. Find out more at

Siemens Office Entrance, Hull Greenport

Siemens wanted a quality landscape setting for the main office entrance at their new wind turbine factory in Hull.  A substantial area of hard landscape was included, so making it permeable was by far the most effective design solution. The permeable 'Flexipave' surface provides air and water to the roots of newly-planted trees to ensure their continued health.  Slab paving adjacent to the building is impermeable, but drains into the permeable central surface area. Surrounding planting included a variety of trees and shrubs, which enhance and modify the micro-climate of the area as they grow.

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Townend Court NHS Learning Difficulties Unit, Cottingham Road, Hull

This NHS clinic was seeking a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating, as well as needing a cost-effective drainage strategy. Externally, the car park features a well-integrated SuDs design which contributes to both requirements with a simple, low-maintenance, but attractive landscape proposal. A shallow swale and basin, which will provide temporary water storage in times of extreme rainfall, form an attractive and biodiverse meadow throughout the year.  It was particularly appropriate for an NHS clinic to consider the wellbeing of staff and patients, by providing a beautiful and functional landscape setting for the clinic.

Image supplied by 2B Landscape Consultancy

St Stephens

St Stephen’s Shopping Centre, Hull

St Stephen’s Shopping Centre has made water efficiency a priority, along with a number of other environmental measures.  Their sustainable design includes a system that harvests over 1.3 million litres of water every year, which is reused to flush toilets.  They have also installed waterless urinals, dual flush cisterns and adjustable push taps, all of which has helped them to reduce their potable water consumption by over 80% from their 2009 figures.  In addition, they carried out a leakage detection survey, which has saved a further 10 million litres a year. 

The team won a highly commended award for its sustainable and efficient approach to water usage at the prestigious Yorkshire Water Taking Responsibility for Business Awards in 2014.

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LEP Flood Alleviation Scheme, Paull 

To support economic growth in the region, the Humber LEP is working with local authorities, government and the private sector to invest in the Humber’s infrastructure.  As part of their priority to provide excellent infrastructure, they are undertaking flood alleviation work.

The Hull and Holderness Flood Alleviation Scheme (HaHFAS) comprises two phases. Phase 1 is the tidal defence and Phase 2 is the inland protection. The HaHFAS scheme is being funded by FDGiA (Flood Defence Grant in Aid) and the Humber Local Enterprise partnership (LEP). It is being delivered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council as lead flood Authority working closely with Hull City Council and the Environment Agency. Together Phase 1 and Phase 2 will reduce the risk of flooding to up to 14,000 properties in the Hull and East Riding Areas at a cost of £30 million to be spent over the next 5 years.

Bude Park - Hull

In 2013 Groundwork in Hull have with our Landscape Architects worked closely with The Friends of Bude Park and Hull City Council North Carr Area Team to develop and improve the third largest green space in Hull.

The improvements to Bude Park have included a new area for play equipment, the addition of an ‘Adizon’, a Multi-Use-Games Area and a ‘Ping’ Table Tennis Table all of which has helped bring new visitors to the park which was previously underused. The new equipment has helped to create a fantastic play area for children and young people and is providing a free health and fitness resource that the whole community can access.

As part of the overall investment into the area over 1000 trees were planted on the park with the help of volunteers from the local community and business support from local driving school Eco-Drivers. The additional trees will help towards maintaining a natural flood defense for the park.