Buckskin flood alleviation scheme

Development of solutions to reduce flooding in the Buckskin area

Latest updates

Hampshire County Council has awarded Mildren Construction Ltd the main contract for Phase 1 of the Buckskin Flood Alleviation Scheme.

Phase 1 comprises improvements of ditches and upgrades to culverts along Churchill Way West and Worting road, and improvements of ditches in Saunders Field to improve drainage of floodwater between Buckskin and the start of the River Loddon. Phase 1 works is scheduled to commence mid September and be completed by Spring 2019.

Proposals for Phase 2 which is anticipated to commence in Spring 2019, includes the installation of new pipes to collect rising groundwater from between houses in the Buckskin area, and to direct floodwater to a new drainage pipe between the Ridgeway Centre and ditches to the north of Worting Road roundabout.

Upcoming works

Works along Churchill Way West are ongoing. Please note that there is a 30 mph speed restriction in place on Churchill Way West to ensure the safety of workers and road users.

Investigative works are  also due to start on the Buckskin Estate from November 2018.

Scheme background

In the winter of 2013 to 2014 Buckskin and the surrounding area was badly affected by flooding. A multi-agency group has been working together with local residents to understand the cause of the flooding and develop solutions.

The Buckskin multi-agency group is made up of:

  • Hampshire County Council
  • Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
  • Environment Agency
  • Thames Water Utilities Limited
  • Sovereign Housing Association
  • South East Water Limited

In June 2017, the multi-agency group committed to work together to promote and develop the agreed scheme.

Scheme design

The proposed scheme is being taken forward in two phases.

Phase 1 comprises improvements of ditches and upgrades to culverts along Churchill Way West and Worting road, and improvements of ditches in Saunders Field to improve drainage of floodwater between Buckskin and the start of the River Loddon.

Phase 2 comprises the installation of new lateral pipes to collect rising groundwater from between houses in the Buckskin area, and to direct floodwater to a new drainage pipe between the Ridgeway Centre and ditches to the north of Worting Road roundabout.

Proposed scheme design at detailed design stage

Indicative programme

Proposed programme subject to consents and permits

Milestone Timescale
Phase 1 Contract Award August 2018
Phase 1 Construction starts September 2018
Phase 1 Construction ends Spring 2019
Phase 2 Contract Award Spring 2019
Phase 2 Construction starts Spring 2019
Phase 2 Construction ends Autumn 2019
Project approval

A project appraisal of the scheme was approved by Councillor Humby Executive Member of Environment and Transport on 24 April 2018. The report provides an overview of the scheme, estimated scheme costs of around £6m and available funding from central government, the Thames Regional and coastal Committee and the multi-agency partners.

Questionnaire

A questionnaire for residents and businesses was delivered to over 500 properties in the affected area. Thank you for responding to the questionnaire if you have already done so. Due to a low response rate, the questionnaire has been reopened until the 30 of November 2017. Copies of the questionnaire are also available at the Ridgeway Centre, Buckskin.

If you haven’t  already responded to the questionnaire, please help us to understand:

  • Where groundwater came up
  • Where water was pumped from
  • What access requirements residents and businesses have

The questionnaire can be completed online:

Resident and business online questionnaire

The questionnaire will remain open until Autumn 2018.
Initial flood investigation

Buckskin flood investigation 2014

Contact

Write to us at:

Buckskin Flood Alleviation Team
Economy, Transport and Environment Department
Elizabeth II Court West
The Castle
Winchester
SO23 8UD