Brendan Sharkey, project manager at the Environment Agency, said:
“Clifton Ings is an important and much loved green space, used by many people in York, so we’ve designed this scheme very carefully to minimise impact on the environment, visitors and the local community.
“This is a vital scheme which will help reduce flood risk for homes in Clifton and Rawcliffe and make York more resilient to the impacts of climate change.”
Due to the popularity of the green space around Clifton and Rawcliffe, BAM and the Environment Agency have worked collaboratively to maintain visitor access to as many different parts of the Ings as possible.
It has also been critical to minimise the environmental impact of the work across the site, particularly in Clifton Ings and Rawcliffe Meadow, where rare meadow grassland species and the critically endangered Tansy beetle are found.
The project was awarded the top score - 45 out of 45 - from the Considerate Constructors Scheme, for its efforts to minimise the impacts for users and carefully protect this environmentally significant location.
Once complete the scheme will form a vital part of the wider York Flood Alleviation Scheme, which will better protect over 2,000 properties in York and surrounding communities.