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Departmental Buildings

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department’s centre in Waterside Court in Kirkstall, Leeds was first flooded; what (a) assessment she has made of the effects and (b) estimate she has made of the cost of repair; and if she will make a statement. (220766)

Waterside Court was originally a water mill built over the River Aire in the 17th century and is a grade II listed building. The Home Office took up leased occupation of a refurbished Waterside Court on 19 May 2000 and flooding was first experienced on 30 October 2000. The estimated cost of damage to the Department was £300,000. In order to protect against subsequent flooding, a demountable flood protection barrier was installed in 2001 at an approximate cost of £120,000.