Flood Risk Assessments in Oxford

Wilsham Consulting is based in Abingdon, 5 miles South of Oxford. We have considerable experience of FRAs around Abingdon, Oxford, Witney, Wantage and surrounding villages.

Indeed, we visited many of the our sites in Oxford and the surrounding towns, during the recent major flooding events. The purpose was to see how accurate our reports were, against the reality of the flooding events. Direct experience is just as valuable as complex modelling at a local level.

Flooding in Oxford

Oxford’s name is understood to come directly from its hydraulic background. It was a suitable place for farmers to bring their Ox across the Ford. This ford is located above the meeting point of the River Thames (from the West) and the River Cherwell (from the North). There are also secondary streams; the Hinksey Stream; the Shire Lake Ditch and Castle Mill Stream.

We have supported many clients in Oxford with flooding problems or proposed developments. This includes flood risk assessments for various Oxford University Colleges. We try to ensure that risks are understood and mitigated against, so far as reasonably possible.

So what is a Flood Risk Assessment?

A comprehensive professional engineering assessment of the:

  • various sources of flooding (not just EA maps
  • implications and
  • mitigating measures

Consideration needs to be given in a flood risk assessment to the onsite and off-site implications of flooding. It requires considerable hydraulic knowledge, combined with practical civil engineering experience. Someone who spends all day producing flood risk assessment reports may be quick and efficient. How often do they design drainage works. Do they see sites that have flooded and the practical problems contractors need to deal with?

Find out more about our flood risk experience in Oxford and how we can help you.

Please put together an email, with your full details, any planning correspondence, application details and plans. Please confirm any experience of flooding.

Email your proposals directly to Stephen Gibson at stephen@wilsham.co.uk

Professional FRAs take a considerable time, from visiting site, obtaining modelling from the EA and liaison and as such normally take a minimum of 1 month. 

Fees will exceed £1200.

Professional FRAs cannot be produced in a week.

You may find computer generated reports, which are not written by a professional on the internet. They typically have a nominal fee from certain mapping suppliers. These are not similar.