As part of a major project to help protect Lowestoft from flooding, a removal flood gate is to be built on the South Pier.
Construction has begun on a demountable flood gate on the South Pier in Lowestoft as part of wider flood defence work, which will see the construction of glass floodwalls around the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club and the South Pier.
Having started on Monday 17 January 2022, construction will continue until March. Following a summer break to prevent disruption during the busy tourist season, work will then recommence in October 2022. The walls are due to be completed in spring 2023.
The flood gate and floodwalls are the second section of the wider Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project, with construction already underway on floodwalls on Hamilton Road and Waveney Road. These will work in combination with a 40m mitre flood gate tidal barrier, the second largest of its kind in the UK, which will be built in the entrance to Lake Lothing.
Cllr David Ritchie, East Suffolk Council’s cabinet member for Planning and Coastal Management said: “It is fantastic to see the next phase of construction of the tidal floodwalls begin, which will bring vital protection against flooding to the residents and businesses of Lowestoft.”
Once complete, the Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project will protect over 1,500 homes and businesses from the risk of flooding.