Nominations for flood basin project

A new £9 million flood basin at Salford’s Castle Irwell, beside the River Irwell, is now operational.

The basin - which is the same size as 260 Olympic swimming pools and will have its own wetland and wildlife habitat - will help to provide protection to hundreds of residential homes and businesses.

A joint project between Salford City Council, the University of Salford and the local community, the scheme has been led by the Environment Agency and provides space for flood water to be captured and held until river levels subside, when it can be safely released.

Now, having already secured a UK award in the community section, the project has made the shortlist for an International Green Gown Award.

The basin has also been put up for an award in the Environment Agency’s Project Excellence Awards for ‘Working in Partnership’ Awards.

Together with Salford’s existing Littleton Road flood basin, 1,300 million litres of water can be held - taking the water in via an inlet weir after river levels rise to a certain height.

Flood Risk Manager for the Environment Agency, Mark Garratt, said: “All organisations involved in the scheme have managed to come up with an innovative solution to flooding in Salford.

“Around 1,900 homes in the city will now benefit from from the added flood protection offered by the scheme, as well as businesses in areas such as Lower Kersal, Lower Broughton and Cheetham.”

Assistant director of estates and facilities at the University of Salford, Chris Large, added: “We’re thrilled to have been able to contribute to a project that will protect our neighbouring residents along the Irwell, and hope that it will be considered as a fitting legacy for the area.”