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  • New transparent offering for flood defences

     Drawing on the experience and the design of our already widely used glass flood defence system, the new sleeker product incorporates a slimmer frame design that maximises the view through the glass panels and provides flood protection up to 800mm in height and where the load criteria consideration is hydrostatic water head. This system has already been installed in mainland Europe and in ...


    By IBS Engineered Products Ltd

  • Reaction to UK flood defence cuts

    Under the previous UK government, spending on flood defences rose 33% in the four years to 2010/11. The new coalition government have however cut flood-defence spending by 8% annually over the next four years. A critical report by UK MPs states that the cuts will leave 5 million at-risk homes with less protection. The UK Government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have ...

  • Flood defence repairs to start in Malton and Norton

    The Environment Agency is starting work at the end of this month to repair two sections of the flood defences at Malton and Norton to reduce the risk of the wall leaking. In November 2012 when heavy rain hit the area, the level of the River Derwent didn’t reach the top of the defences, but the high levels caused some areas of the existing defences to leak. The Environment Agency ...

  • UK£40m flood defences get go ahead

    A £40 million-plus solution to Ipswich’s flood fears has moved a big step closer with the announcement by the Environment Agency that the first phase of funding is secure. A tidal surge barrier across the River Orwell is the main part of the proposals put forward by partners behind the Ipswich Flood Defence Management Strategy, including Ipswich Borough Council. Work is expected to start in ...

  • Work begins on new flood defence schemes

    39 new flood and coastal defence projects have been announced as part of Government plans to reduce the risk of flooding and coastal erosion in England. Of these new projects 21 will provide additional protection to over 13,000 households at risk of flooding. The remainder mainly relate to vital repairs and safety enhancements to existing defences. Over the next year £521m will be spent ...

  • Work to start on Braunton flood defence improvements

    The Environment Agency will start work next week on a £100,000 scheme to boost flood protection in Braunton. The North Devon village suffered serious flooding in December 2012 after torrential rain caused the River Caen to over-top flooding more than 60 local homes and businesses. The flooding occurred six months after the official opening of a new flood defence scheme. ‘We built a ...

  • Flood defence work set to start in Littlehampton

    The Environment Agency has announced that work to improve the tidal flood defences along the East Bank of the River Arun is set to start in Pier Road, Littlehampton this month. The £14.5 million partnership scheme includes the construction of a new tidal river wall to protect over 2,000 residential properties and businesses against 100 years of predicted sea level rise. It will also vastly ...

  • Benelux Flood Defence Systems join us at GFDS

    We were very pleased to welcome our new distributors from the Benelux region, Benelux Flood Defence Systems, to the GFDS headquarters last week. Oliver Fémont and Anthony Fémont of Benelux Flood Defence Systems, visited us for their initial trip following signing their distributor agreement. The Fémonts attended three full days at GFDS, which covered ...


  • Norfolk broads flood defences bolstered by GeoPDF

    The Broadland Flood Alleviation Scheme is a long-term project to provide a range of flood defence improvements, maintenance and emergency response services within the tidal areas of the rivers Yare, Bure and Waveney. Broadland Environmental Services Ltd (BESL), a joint-venture between Halcrow and BAM Nuttall Ltd., was chosen by the Environment Agency to undertake this 20 year public private ...

  • Work begins on new Warkworth flood defences

    Thirty-five homes in Warkworth, Northumberland, will be protected from river and tidal flooding thanks to a new Environment Agency flood defence scheme. Preparatory work began this week in advance of the construction of a new flood wall that will protect homes at The Butts area of Warkworth. The project will also see the ground raised at the United Reform Church car park, with a new gate at The ...

  • ‘Soft’ flood defences to protect riverside biodiversity

    Riversides that are unprotected by flood defences are home to more diverse plant communities, according to a new study. According to the researchers of the study, ‘soft’ approaches to flood management, which work in harmony with natural processes, could help promote biodiversity in flood-prone regions. Many studies have highlighted the benefits that biodiversity provides for ...

  • £20 million renovation of Hull flood defences

    The Environment Agency is planning a major programme to improve flood defences in and around Hull. The scheme will see an investment of more than £20 million in renovated and new defences along sections of the north bank of the Humber and the River Hull. Refurbishment is needed to maintain standards of protection both now and in the future. John Pygott, project executive for the ...

  • Work starts on flood defences in UK town after 2007 flood

    On the 22 July 2008, the Environment Agency, and just one year after the summer 2007 floods, started preliminary work in Worcester to build flood defences that will help to protect Hylton Road. Preliminary work will involve preparing the ground ready for construction of the flood defence scheme and excavating clay for the scheme from a site adjacent to Upton Marina. On Monday 21 July, at a City ...

  • Environment Agency battle to shore-up flood defences before storms hit

    An Environment Agency operations team worked around-the-clock to protect people in Bude, Cornwall, from flooding after a sea defence was damaged during the weekend storms. The workers raced to re-build the damaged defences once again before the second high tide came in and again threatened to flood the community of Bude. Saturday morning's large waves damaged the Environment Agency coastal ...

  • Views sought on impact of proposed first phase of Exeter flood defence scheme

    People are being asked to offer feedback on the environmental impact of the first stage of Exeter’s multi-million pound flood defence scheme. The scheme is being jointly funded by the Environment Agency, Exeter City Council and Devon County Council, and ultimately will reduce the risk of flooding for over 3,200 homes and businesses across the city. It is planned to construct the scheme in ...

  • Global Flood Defence Systems Secures New Distribution Partners in Benelux Region

    Global Flood Defence Systems (GFDS), a leading provider of sustainable, passive flood solutions based in the UK, has signed an agreement with distributors covering the Benelux region. The partners, Benelux Flood Defence Systems will be responsible for securing sales of the company’s extensive range of innovative flood defence products in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. ...


  • Atkins supports the Environment Agency’s urgent call for more flood defence spending

    Atkins is supporting the call from the Environment Agency to the UK government to guarantee sufficient spending on flood defences in the wake of the £3.2 billion bill from the summer floods.The Environment Agency has said that investment in building and maintaining flood defences would have to double to GBP1 billion a year by 2035 to keep pace with climate change impacts. They warned that unless ...


    By Atkins

  • Rotork Site Services provide a simplified flood defence solution

    There are many good reasons for introducing a level of automation to river sluice gates which are old and manually operated. Sluice gates are vitally important for defending against flooding during periods of persistent rainfall, when swift and reliable operation can prevent serious disruption and damage to property. Alternatively, during periods of drought, sluice gates play an important role in ...


    By Rotork

  • Climate change could swamp Venice`s flood defence

    Laura Carbognin at the Institute of Marine Sciences in Venice and colleagues combined data on land subsidence in the city with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's forecasts of global sea level rise. They then calculated how this 'personalised' sea-level forecast would change the city's daily tides. When the tide rises above 110 centimetres, Venetians call itacqua alta('high water'). ...

  • Military support urgent flood defence inspections in South West

    The Environment Agency was today joined by military personnel as it starts the inspection of flood defences across the South West. The Agency will be inspecting more than 30,000 flood defence assets across the region. This will include defences around the whole south west coast from Bristol to Bournemouth and along the many thousand miles of main-river within the region. Flood defences across the ...

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