Regional HQ to be constructed for drainage experts

Work is underway to create a new regional headquarters for Yorkshire & Humber Drainage Boards (YHDB).

YHDB is a public sector management group that administers eight partner Internal Drainage Boards (IDB) which work together to manage inland rivers and watercourses across the region for the benefit of local communities.

The 5,124 sq ft office and workshop facility is being built at Green Park Business Park, Newport, and will also function as the depot for the local Ouse and Humber Drainage Board – an IDB that covers a large part of East Yorkshire.

A restructure has led to the organisation rapidly outgrowing its former premises in Howden, and it needs to upgrade its facilities to comfortably house all staff and equipment.

Andrew Mclachlan, CEO of the YHDB, said: “We looked at a number of sites, but for our needs Green Park best matched our preferred solution.

“Our Internal Drainage Boards look after more than 800 miles of watercourses, rivers, and flood defences and over 80 pumping stations.

“The Ouse and Humber Drainage Board is the largest of our IDBs, managing water from around 20% of East Yorkshire.

“Green Park is central to the area we cover and provides the quickest connection to our watercourse and river network.

“The site offers improved security and has afforded us the space to create a bespoke facility from where we will be able to deliver a much more efficient service, ultimately reducing the risk of flooding to our communities.”

The scheme is being carried out by Lindum Construction, which has an office at Elvington, near York. It is expected to be completed by spring, 2022, with the YHDB forecast to relocate in May.

James Nellist, director of Lindum Construction, said: “We have a good relationship with YHDB and with our business being established on an existing public sector contract framework, they came to speak to us about their needs.

“We immediately thought Green Park would be perfect for their purposes. It is within their patch, has fantastic road access and there are other businesses on site with similar plant and equipment, meaning the infrastructure was perfect for this development.”

Green Park Business Park is being brought forward by East Yorkshire commercial developer the Horncastle Group PLC, which is also located on site.

Horncastle director, Ian Hodges, said: “YHDB the Ouse and Humber Drainage Board, carry out incredibly important work helping to reduce the risk of flooding.

“We’re pleased they have chosen Green Park Business Park for their new regional headquarters. It’s located within their operational area and near to the road network making it the ideal site for their needs.”