Ipswich flood barrier approaches completion as finishing touches are put to vital control building

The project will cost a total �70m. Picture: THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

The project will cost a total �70m. Picture: THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY - Credit: Archant

The news comes as the team put the finishing touches to the control building, a vital element of the project.

The flood barrier is due to be completed in Spring 2018. Picture: THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

The flood barrier is due to be completed in Spring 2018. Picture: THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY - Credit: Archant

The Ipswich flood barrier is approaching the last stage of its development, the Environment Agency has announced.

The news comes as the team put the finishing touches to the control building, a vital element of the project.

The £70m project to protect Ipswich Waterfront and town centre from the threat of tidal and storm surges passed a crucial milestone in December when huge hydraulic arms designed to operate the flood gate were installed.

The chief executive of the Environment Agency also visited the site.

The barrier should offer protection to 2,000 properties. Picture: THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

The barrier should offer protection to 2,000 properties. Picture: THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY - Credit: Archant

The Ipswich barrier should offer protection to 2,000 properties – both homes and businesses.

As well as protecting them from the danger of flooding, it should bring down insurance premiums and should also make the area more attractive for developers.

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The barrier gate is expected to be operational in the spring of 2018.

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