Basement impact assessments and groundwater

Basement impact assessments and groundwater

Land values are generally going up in central London and starting to rise in the suburbs. With development space is severely limited, there is intense commercial pressure to ensure that all development maximises usable space.  Basements are often expensive construction elements. They can often only be justified when usable space is at a premium. Basement developments typically have an impact on local flooding, groundwater flow and water quality and can cause ground movements. All these issues could impact on immediate neighbouring...

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Flood grants for householders and small businesses

Flood grants for householders and small businesses

As one of the leading specialist small consultancies we constantly help home owner and small businesses across the UK with their flooding problems. Been flooded once is bad enough, but to not take steps to reduce it happening again could be far worse. The good news are there are flood grants available. Often insurance companies require evidence that a householder or small business is being pro-active in addressing the flood risk before they will competitively insure the property again. Insurers and the Environment Agency both advise that...

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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...

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Floodplains and flood defences

Floodplains and flood defences

The concept of maintaining areas and entire ecosystems where water traditionally has flooded is critical, both to protect the natural habit and provide the natural attenuation from rivers to protect people's homes and businesses. It was a well understood concept and for thousands of years, flood plain land has been protected. Many civilisations around the world have evolved around such flooding, with the Nile in Egypt an excellent example. Such flooding was celebrated due to the renewed fertility of the land. During the last 10...

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Environment Agency Flood Risk Assessment Rejection

Environment Agency Flood Risk Assessment Rejection

Environment Agency has released data for the 2012 to 2013 period which showns that the majority of planning applications objected to on "flood risk grounds" were rejected  because they considered the FRA (Flood Risk Assessment) provided to be unsatisfactory. What does this mean, why and what if anything can be learned from it? a) Not written by a professional civil engineering consultant. Some FRAs submitted are basic documents produced by Architects, Surveyors or others who lack the professional expertise...

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