Developers behind the ambitious Island Quarter development say sufficient protection is in place after fears were raised over flooding.
Environment Agency chiefs previously objected to the project’s flood risk assessment, as talks took place with the city council to find a resolution, with project delays said to have been a possibility.
However, with work well under way on the scheme’s first phase, called Canal Turn – including a pavilion with a restaurant and rooftop terrace – the developers addressed the issue, saying the project complies with Environment Agency regulations.
Richard Watson, who is responsible for the development for Conygar, said: “The Trent will flood, the Environment Agency has a system of flood relief on that and flood protection.
“If that breaks it’s got to come down the canal and we’ve got a flood protection system.
“The EA sets a minimum level we can build to. You get two levels, you can put commercial at a level and you’ve got residential at a higher level. We obviously comply with those numbers.”
The structure of the Canal Turn at the former Boots Island site is now in place, representing the first phase of the large-scale transformation of sprawling land to the city’s east side.
A restaurant operated by Conygar will open next year on the site between London Road and Manvers Street.
The pavilion will employ up to 120 people with the wider project – including plans for a five-star hotel and hundreds of residential apartments – set to create more than 4,000 jobs.
Local dignitaries were shown around the 36-acre site on Monday (May 24) on a day local schoolchildren buried a time capsule.
Mat Anderson, vice-chair of the Victoria Park Residents’ Association, previously described the flooding issue as “a legitimate concern that the planning committee should have seen coming”.
“Obviously if you put a development up you want it to be there for 25-30 years and within that space of time water levels will rise, flooding will increase so it seems to me to be perfectly prudent to plan for that,” he said.