Flood risk

Water management is a key element in virtually all building and urban regeneration projects. To maximise the potential of our developments in a sustainable and environmentally responsible way, effective water management is vital. Managing potential flood risk has become an increasingly high profile aspect of our work whether in response to UK flooding in 2007 or the terrible impacts of recent tsunamis.

We work closely with other specialist teams to deliver practical solutions on diverse complex projects around the world.

Our specialist engineers are experienced in carrying out Flood Risk Assessment (FRAs) to accompany any Planning Application where flood risk and surface water drainage issues factor in a proposed development. This applies from small developments to large strategic assessments on major urban regeneration schemes sited on flood plains. Thanks to our considered approach and careful methodology, a high proportion of client submitted applications involving FRAs are granted planning consent. We have a good working relationship with the Environment Agency and the planning authorities to facilitate a greater understanding of this developing field.

Our team draws on a range of engineering skills including hydrological analysis, coastal hydraulic modelling, surface runoff calculations and storm and foul drainage design. We work closely with other specialist teams within BuroHappold’s infrastructure group to deliver practical solutions on diverse complex projects around the world often in sensitive and difficult environments.


Olympic Park thumbnail

Project

14/06/2012

The masterplanning and design of the London Olympic Park and Legacy proposals began in autumn 2003. Part of the EDAW Consortium, BuroHappold provided strategic engineering advice and design. The challenge was to develop a setting for the Games which achieved both planning approvals from the four local London Boroughs and provided a compelling masterplan for a successful bid to the International Olympic Committee in Singapore in July 2005.

Find out more

Al Hair thumbnail

Project

13/06/2014

Al Ha’ir Lakes is the fifth and final zone of Wadi Hanifah. Located 25km downstream of Riyadh, Al Ha’ir is at the end of the wadi catchment and receives the greatest amount of water flow in the Wadi. Working with the client, we identified the Lakes District site as a valuable open space resource for the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh.

Find out more

Ad’Diriyyah Comprehensive Development Plan thumbnail

Project

13/06/2014

Ad’Diriyah represents a series of stunning historic oasis settlements situated in Wadi Hanifah, itself an area of outstanding natural beauty, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s capital city, Riyadh. The site is both the location for the founding of modern Saudi Arabia as well as the birth of the Wahab school of Islam (the “Oneness Movement”).

Find out more

Dar es Salaam thumbnail

Project

13/06/2014

Dar Es Salaam faces some key social and economic challenges as one of the poorest countries in Africa, with growing inequality despite GDP growth of 5-6% per year. There is a growing backlog of urban infrastructure requirements and transportation relies primarily on privately provided mini-buses. Water and electricity household connections remain low and 80% of housing is ‘informal’. In the past, masterplans for the city have not been implemented due to a lack of coordinated planning and inadequate resources.

Find out more

KAMA Tri-City Integrated Masterplan thumbnail

Project

22/11/2012

The Kama Tri-City region is one of the major industrial centres in Russia. It sits upon 30% of the world’s potash resources, a key fertiliser, and also holds metals, oil and gas reserves. It should be a buoyant area. All the major businesses together with new players have plans for expansion. Instead it is suffering from a declining working-age population and increasing proportion of elderly residents.

Find out more

Bath Western Riverside thumbnail

Project

17/10/2012

As one of the largest brownfield regeneration projects in the south west, Bath Western Riverside comprises approximately 70 acres of land west of the city centre adjoining the river Avon. The project is a major opportunity for Bath to deliver a platform for the city’s future economic and social prosperity.

Find out more

Tun Razak Exchange thumbnail

Project

13/08/2012

BuroHappold is currently working on the 70 acre development in the Imbi area fronting Jalan Tun Razak. The Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) is a key enabler to strengthen the position of Kuala Lumpur as the global financial city of choice. TRX aims to bring together leading financial institutions and top global companies to create a catalytic pool of world-class players. 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is the Master Developer for TRX.

Find out more

Sabah Al Ahmed Sea City Thumbnail

Project

26/05/2011

The site of the Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City development is adjacent to the Arabian Gulf coastline, 85km south of Kuwait City. From two environmentally impoverished hyper saline creeks, an ecologically rich waterway city is growing....

Find out more

Wadi Hanifah Thumbnail

Project

05/05/2011

Wadi Hanifah is a 120km long, 4500km2 watershed that passes through the capital city of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. Located in the middle of the Najd Plateau it has been labelled the most significant natural feature in the region.

Find out more

Hayle Harbour Thumbnail

Project

05/05/2011

Hayle Harbour was constructed in the mid 18th century and until the 1970s served as one of Cornwall’s major industrial harbours. Located within the Hayle Estuary on the southern side of St Ives Bay on the north-west...

Find out more

Explore...

Key contact

Alan Travers

Alan Travers

Partner

  • work+44 1225 320 600