Residents on a flood-prone street in Northampton will benefit from a large storm water storage pipe being installed.

Anglian Water will be working on Taunton Avenue from Saturday, 17 January until 31 March 2015 to install the new equipment.

The project will cost £450,000 and is part of a series of on-going investments in the sewer network across the region.

The storage tank itself will hold thousands of litres of storm water, which previously ran off of surrounding roofs and hard surfaces, inundating drains and causing flooding to some homes nearby.

The only suitable location to accommodate such a large storage pipe is underneath the playing field of Bridgewater Primary School on Taunton Avenue. For this part of the project, Anglian Water has arranged to work at weekends to avoid disrupting pupils during term time.

Some additional work will also be required outside the school grounds on Taunton Avenue and in the Billing Road East allotment gardens. This work will be done during the working week, as normal.

Emma Staples from Anglian Water said: “This is a really important scheme to make the misery of flooding a distant memory for those customers nearby who have had to suffer it in the past.

“We have worked closely with the Primary School to make sure our work schedule fits around them. We know this sort of construction work can be disruptive, and although the site is completely safe and cordoned off from students, we appreciate it may have been disruptive for those in the classroom. For this reason, working during the school week was not an option.

Alison Harvey, Head Teacher of Bridgewater Primary School, said: “We’re pleased that Anglian Water has listened to our concerns about the timing of the work. We understand the school grounds are the only suitable place for the flood water storage pipe, and to stop local homes flooding. We appreciate that this is essential work they need to carry out, but working during the week would have been very disruptive for children. The weekend work agreed means this will now be avoided.”

Emma continued: “While on the school grounds we will be working between 8am and 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays from 17 January until the end of March. During half term we will work normal hours, during the working week.

“We’ve limited the weekend working times to keep disruption to a minimum. We know this may still be inconvenient for some people living locally, and we apologise for that. However, we hope everyone will understand why we have had to schedule the work in this way, and appreciate the need for this investment and to ensure homes in the areas are no longer at risk of suffering devastating flooding.

“This is part of a programme of millions of pounds of investment in the region’s sewer network and we appreciate the co-operation of residents whenever this kind of work is carried out.”

To ensure the safety of the residents and the public, there will be traffic management in place at the intersection of Taunton Avenue and Lynmouth Avenue from 19 to 30 January 2015.