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First public event for Lagoon Hull

Community invited to find out more about transformational project at the Waterline Summit

People are being invited to find out more about Lagoon Hull at the first public event for the team working on the transformational project. Following a launch event in October, Lagoon Hull will now be part of the Waterline Summit, the region’s flagship event for decarbonisation.

The summit, which is being organised by Marketing Humber Bondholders and Yorkshire Water, aims to share ideas towards the area’s goal of achieving a zero-carbon economy. Those who attend the event will have the opportunity to see a demonstration from Lagoon Hull on how the project could help manage tidal flow on the estuary. The interactive model will also simulate fluvial flooding – caused when rainfall results in a river exceeding its capacity.

The demonstration will be supported by UKSTEM, who work with schools, businesses and other organisations to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning to life.

Paul Hatley, Project Director of Lagoon Hull, said:

“We launched the Lagoon Hull project to the public in October after many years of research behind the scenes.

“We have already received fantastic support for the idea and the Waterline Summit gives us a great opportunity to show people how the lagoon could truly make a difference to our area.

“We’re looking forward to meeting visitors to the summit and giving them the chance to learn more about Lagoon Hull.”

Lagoon Hull is a development of a scale not seen in the area since the Humber Bridge was constructed in the 1970s.

It will include an 11km southern relief road built on the Humber Estuary, providing a route for through traffic between Hessle and Hedon Road. This will create a lagoon which will form an attractive new destination for waterfront living, working and visiting and deliver flood protection for the city.

It will also support regional economic growth creating around 14,000 new jobs through the western dock’s regeneration, a new outer harbour and port facilities. The cost of the project is estimated to be around £1.5bn which will be met through both public and private investment. It has wide-reaching benefits including flood protection for areas beyond Hull on both the north and south bank of the Humber and the strengthening of the Energy Estuary.

Economic studies have predicted Lagoon Hull could unlock the potential to add £1bn GVA (gross value add) to the region’s economy annually, which will also add weight to the case for investment in the project.

Lagoon Hull therefore plans to attract existing Government spending commitments which would be repurposed for the project. Located to the east of the city, close to the Siemens factory, the new outer harbour will in addition support a low carbon future to help protect against climate change. It will do this by providing the scale of sites needed for the renewable energy sector to further develop the port infrastructure required for the next generation of offshore wind. Existing port terminals and operations will continue to operate as before, but with improved road connections and more opportunities for growth and expansion.

The Waterline Summit takes place at the Bonus Arena on Thursday, 28th November. It is open to the public from 1pm until 5pm and is free to attend. For more information, visit www.marketinghumber.com. For those unable to attend the Waterline Summit, Lagoon Hull is also holding a live question and answer session with project direct, Paul Hatley, on Twitter.

This will take place between 3pm and 4.30pm on Tuesday, 19th November. To take part, follow @LagoonHull.

To find out more about Lagoon Hull and support the project, visit www.lagoonhull.co.uk.

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