MUNIO I is our latest project to reduce flood risk concentrating along the west riverbank on some existing businesses in the city centre and Pride Park. The project is part funded from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
The project will also enhance defined areas of existing habitat, actively promoting and improving biodiversity in various locations along the west riverbank stretching from Darley Abbey to Alvaston Park.
Where is the construction work taking place?
The Riverside Chambers on Full Street - city centre
At Riverside Chambers on Full Street a new flood alleviation wall will be built to the rear of the building. This is subject to planning consent
Exeter Bridge on Derwent Street - city centre
A new flood gate barrier will be installed.
The Riverside Gardens - city centre
This area will be redesigned and landscaped - subject to planning consent
Improvements will be made to the existing flood mitigation and alleviation banks on the west side of the Derwent.
The main construction works in the city centre locations are planned to start in summer 2019, subject to planning consent.
Where is the environmental work taking place?
Nutwood Local Nature Reserve
Works will be carried out to improve the access path to the nature reserve and to Midland canoe club.
The wild flower meadows are to be enhanced with a wider range of wildflowers to improve the habitat for insects in line with recommendations set out in a botanical survey. Interpretation boards will also be installed to help visitors with identification and appreciation.
Here, selected trees will be removed from the river edge with new marginal planting to provide a more diverse habitat. Plant disease resistant Elm trees will be utilised to help protect and enhance a nearby population of White Letter Hairstreak butterflies. Meadow areas will be created to aid the movement of wildlife and provide nectar for bees, moths, hoverflies and similar insects.
Bass’s Recreation Ground
Selected trees have been removed along the riverside to open up views of the river and allow space for new marginal planting.
Woodland management of retained trees with the removal of deadwood and overhanging limbs. Bird boxes and bat boxes will be installed along the riverside as recommended by the ecologist. An artificial otter holt (den) on the riverside will also be installed.
Views of the river will be opened up and invasive plants treated. Wildflower meadow areas created alongside pleasant grass areas with picnic areas at a number of locations along the river.
Current seating areas will be refurbished and new interpretation boards will be installed to help identify the local wildlife. An artificial otter holt (den) will also be installed on the riverside.
Invasive plants along the lake edge removed and replanting around the island in deeper water will restrict the waters flow. The silt will be redistributed and marginal planting around the border of the lake with a range of plants and netting to protect them from grazing ducks and geese.
A backwash lagoon is to be created against the river edge as a refuge for young fish during high water levels.
All proposals have been drawn up in consultation with:
- local Park's Friends Groups
- the Earl of Harrington Angling Club
- the Environment Agency.
The contract to deliver these environmental improvements has been awarded. Works started in early March 2019 at Alvaston, Pride Park, Darley and Nutwood. It is planned to continue through to December 2019.