Scheme wins flood and coastal excellence award


The Southsea Coastal Scheme has been hailed as a best practice example of investing public money at the 2020 Flood and Coastal Excellence Awards, run by the Environment Agency.

The Portsmouth City Council-led project took out the ‘Best Investment Business Case’ category for the team’s ability to transform huge amounts of detailed and technical information into a concise business case.

Councillor Hugh Mason, Cabinet Member for Planning Policy and City Development, said: “Being recognised as an outstanding example for investing public money is a great honour, especially given the increasing demand for grant investment in flood management.

“This greater demand puts pressure on available resources, so it’s vital that major projects such as the Southsea Coastal Scheme make the best use of public funds.

“The judging panel acknowledged the immense challenges facing those preparing and advising on spending decisions, so congratulations are due to all involved.”

The full business case for the Southsea Coastal Scheme was approved by the Treasury in May 2020.

The Scheme is the UK’s largest local authority-led coastal defences’ project, worth more than £100M.