The Environment Agency is working with contractors to install self-cleaning glass panels in the centre of Kendal.

The new glass panels are being installed at Waterside as part of the Kendal Flood Scheme.

The initiative represents a segment of a multi-million-pound government investment by the Government aiming to bolster flood protection for more than 1,400 homes and more than 1,100 businesses in Kendal and across the area.

The framed panels, which will total 577m of glass flood wall, preserve the picturesque views of the River Kent while offering flood protection, said the EA.

Richard Knight, Area Flood and Coastal Risk manager for Cumbria at the agency, said: "The installation of the glass panels is a very visible part of the flood scheme and has been designed to take in the feedback from residents, to maintain the views of the river Kent.

"We have been able to use glass technology specifically for Kendal to ensure protection, retain views and provide a defence which requires low maintenance for the community."

The unique glass is a product of a collaboration between Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, Kuraray, and Flood Control International.

The glass incorporates alternating layers of glass and interlayer to create a 35 mm laminate, designed to withstand harsh conditions.

Ray Moulds of Flood Control International, said: “The design of the panels has been to be beautiful as well as functional.

"They have been designed to maximise visibility through them and appear is if the glass is raising from the stone.”

Leo Pyrah, marketing and VA manager at Pilkington Glass, said: "Our work with Kuraray has enabled us to provide a sophisticated glass solution that will stand up against the harshest conditions.

"The addition of our self-cleaning technology means that residents can rest assured that the proposed flood defences will remain clear, needing little maintenance throughout its service."

This project, supported by Westmorland and Furness Council and Kendal Town Council, is delivered by contractors VolkerStevin.