Flood risk management

Flood risk management is a vital consideration for any development. At BuroHappold our team specialises in managing risks from all sources including tidal, fluvial, surface water, groundwater and mains failure. 

The key to effective management of flood risk is developing a thorough understanding of the baseline, or existing, condition. By understanding the baseline mechanism our team is able to determine the existing risk to a proposed development and we can then identify the most efficient forms of flood risk mitigation. In this way we are frequently able to turn what can often be considered a constraint, into a major opportunity.

All of our key professionals have extensive knowledge of the statutory requirements, of planning law and, crucially, have established strong working relationships with key statutory authorities such as the Environment Agency, Canal & River Trust, water utility companies and local planning authorities. These relationships have helped BuroHappold provide extra value on their projects. 

Our expertise in managing flood risk includes:

  • Analysis of all sources of risk (coastal, tidal, fluvial, surface water, groundwater, mains failure)
  • Hydrology
  • Hydraulic modelling
  • Flood risk mitigation
  • Asset plans
  • Flood warning and evacuation management plans
  • Surface water drainage
  • GIS and mapping
  • Consents, licenses and approvals
  • Stakeholder liaison
  • Planning

Our team includes highly experienced hydrologists and hydraulic modelers that use a variety of specialist software packages to create one-dimensional, two-dimensional and combined one and two-dimensional models that allow us to replicate a range of events to high levels of accuracy. 

Key contact

Alan Travers

Alan Travers


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