How to avoid flood damage

How to avoid flood damage

Depending on your location it may not be always possible to avoid flood damage, but it is essential to understand the risk and potentially mitigate. The situation regarding flooding is not as black and white as the Environment Agency often presents it. Their maps are limited to only some of the flood risks associated with new or existing developments. The flood maps relate to land rather than specific buildings with specific floor heights. For the public, it is not flooding generally which is of concern. Some flooding is both natural and can...

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Gatwick Airport Radar Tower avoids Christmas 2013 River Mole Flood

Gatwick Airport Radar Tower avoids Christmas 2013 River Mole Flood

The floods at Gatwick Airport around Christmas 2013 in relation to the River Mole caused considerable disruption when an electrical substation flooded. Such disruption to key infrastructure is completely unnecessary if competent Civil Engineering Consultants are employed to assess sites and produce appropriate flood mitigation solutions. At Wilsham Consulting our Engineers have experience of flood mitigation design for a wide range of clients, from domestic sites to key infrastructure. A good example of this is the NATS Gatwick Airport Radar...

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Rainwater harvesting independent advice

Rainwater harvesting independent advice

Rainwater has been harvested – or collected, stored and then used when needed for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Rainwater harvesting┬áremains a standard technique in many parts of the world without mains water, or accessible groundwater. Most areas of the UK have mains clean water supplies. Increasing demand is however been put on this limited mains system and there is greater consideration of the value of making developments more sustainable. All mains water is treated to a high drinking water standard, yet the vast majority of...

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St Mary’s Lois Weedon Church

St Mary’s Lois Weedon Church

This medieval church had problems with water damage and took the correct step in requesting professional civil/drainage advice.
We visited the site and inspected the damage and to understand why the damage was occuring. It was clear in two locations of the higher side the rill discharge points had become obstructed with excessive silts and vegetation. We climbed the tower to consider the potential of failure of water collection and discharge of the main church roofs.

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Water Master Planning

Water Master Planning is the skillful integration of water within an urban engineered environment. A key element of this the integration sustainable drainage systems – especially source control systems. Its about controling and treating water to minimise flooding and pollution within a wider environment than just a specific site or development. For decades the industry standards have been on "getting rid" of water into the nearest drain and discharging it to a watercourse. This was a flawed logic based on a fundamental failure...

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