Flood & Coast 2022 SHOW REPORT

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INSIDE Water management professionals at pivotal moment in history Road map to tackle flood threat Challenge posed by climate change




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“WOW!” THAT WAS a word we heard a lot over an inspiring, exhilarating and fun 3 days at Flood & Coast 2022 in Telford. More than 1300 people attended our conference and exhibition including local authorities, communities, businesses, students and more. It really was an honour for CIWEM to finally get to reunite the Flood Family again in person. It was wonderful to welcome back our long-term supporters and engage

with new organisations and individuals joining our community for the first time. The theme for this year’s conference was working together for a climate resilient, net zero world. As a community devoted to Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM), this has never been more critical. Flood & Coast provided a space to share and debate innovative solutions to managing the increased risk of flooding in our fastchanging climate. It was also a perfect

space to network and an opportunity to learn from experts spanning our diverse sector. The CIWEM and Environment Agency conference team worked hard behind the scenes with support from our advisory committee of experts from across the sector. We put together a first-class programme featuring leading national and international voices from the flooding, coastal erosion and climate change world and spanning topics from adaptation at the coast to building teams fit for the future. Beyond the plenaries was an action-packed schedule of side events, a lively exhibition hall that welcomed over 75 organisations, and the Flood & Coast Excellence Awards dinner which joyously celebrated team and individual achievements. Thank you to all who attended the event this year and contributed to the success. I look forward to seeing you all again on 6-8 June 2023 in Telford for the next edition of Flood & Coast!

Terry Fuller Terry Fuller, CIWEM Chief Executive

Details of key show staff for the FC2022 Showcase magazine WE WANTED TO take this time to thank everyone whose tireless dedication, passion, and sometimes even sweat and tears made this year’s event possible. The Flood & Coast “Dream Team” in partnership with the Environment Agency, Ben Plummer, Charlotte Danvers, Natalie Fortune, Sara Denton, Sophie Dangerfield, Mike Jones, Kylie Russel, Sharon Pearson, Garima Gupta, Nicholas Howden, Matthew Jack, Niki Roach, Rebecca Sells, Irina Danilova, Olga Nielsen, Diana Hunt, Natalia Jurkun, Elroy Marques, Jane Boland and of course, Terry Fuller. We would also like to thank the Flood & Coast advisory committee, plus all of the additional Environment Agency and CIWEM team members who travelled to Telford to jump in and help with everything from stuffing delegate bags, manning the registration booths, managing the app Q&A and much more. All the support and dedication was truly humbling.

Thank you to all the teams at the Telford International Centre, Syon Media, NeosCreative, StagecraftUK, All In The Loop, Stewart Writtle Photography and Bwlb for helping us produce the event and capture memories that will last a lifetime.







CONTENTS 07 07 News

All the latest releases and announcements from the event

12 Flood & Coast Conference

Highlights from the conference speakers

18 UDG Conference

For the first time CIWEM's Urban Drainage Group held its Spring conference at Flood and Coast







22 The workshop roundtables

Round-up of the roundtables

23 Podcast

Tune into to some lively discussons

24 Show Highlights

A gallery of all the action from the conference floor

26 Innovation Hub

News from one of the event's focal points

30 Awards Dinner & Winners

Celebrating team and individual excellence

40 Listings

Contact details of all the exhibitors


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ARUP SHOWCASED HOW its digital tools can help assess cities’ preparedness for future risks of climate change and how ‘spongey’ they are. Terrain is a new tool developed by Arup to help planners and authorities understand how land is being used, employing data analytics, machine learning and automation to digest large quantities of data and satellite imagery, which can be open source or commercial. The tool produces detailed landuse maps while calculating a region’s

percentage coverage of grass, trees, hard paved impervious land, buildings and water. Terrain’s analysis of satellite imagery focuses on around 150 sq km area of land in each city, which the company assesses for its “sponginess” by calculating how much land is pervious or impervious and then factoring in individual soil characteristics. The company’s Global Sponge Cities Snapshot is currently assessing the urban centres of New York, London, Singapore, Nairobi, Auckland and Mumbai.

GILMOUR & AITKEN SETS THE PACE FOR SUSTAINABLE TIMBER GILMOUR & AITKEN TIMBER merchants is celebrating its 170th anniversary this year. Founded in Glasgow in 1852, the company is a leader in supplying sustainable hardwood timbers and specialises in Greenheart - one of the strongest commercially available timbers on the market. This is sourced from managed rainforest in Guyana, using selected felling - two trees per acre – and reduced logging techniques. The timber, which stores rather than emits carbon, has very high bending and crushing strengths combined with a high resistance to shock loads and is ideally suited for salt and freshwater applications. Gilmour & Aitken has developed a robust Chain of Custody for Guyanese timbers in line with the UK government’s Category B requirements, while in Guyana the chain is controlled and documented from stump to quayside with audits carried out every year. For further information, email sales@gilmouraitken.com

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY ENVISIONS NEW RESILIENCE FRAMEWORK WITH THE CURRENT Property Flood Resilience (PFR) framework coming to an end, the Environment Agency outlined how it is developing a new version to be released next year. The new PFR framework, which will be available to all risk management

authorities, will embed the 2021 PFR Code of Practice and provide updated product specifications, including British Standard 851188. The new framework, which will follow NEC4 contract management processes, will also use appropriate persons by mandating

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CIRIA HIGHLIGHTS TECHNICAL GUIDANCE FOR DRAINAGE PROFESSIONALS CIRIA SHOWCASED a series of technical guidance manuals and handbooks for professionals working in sustainable drainage, water, coastal and marine management. International Levee Handbook offers good practice guidance on levees based on the experience of six countries while The Rock Manual covers the behaviour of rock in coastal and hydraulic engineering as well as focusing on the environment and sustainability. Culvert Screen and Outfall Manual reflects the significant changes in asset management in the past 20 years, supplementing the outfall and culvert

design sections of the UK design manual for roads and bridges. The Natural Flood Management Manual sets out such key stages as starting a scheme and understanding the needs of local communities through to selecting, designing and constructing interventions. The SuDS Manual covers the planning, design, construction and maintenance of Sustainable Drainage Systems while The Beach Management Manual, covers state-of-the-art methods and guidance on beach monitoring and maintenance as well as the after-care of improvement schemes.

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UK CENTRE HIGHLIGHTS ROLE OF NATURAL FLOOD MANAGEMENT THE UK CENTRE for Ecology and Hydrology’s expertise in monitoring and modelling hydrological processes is being applied to Natural Flood Management to understand the effectiveness of existing and planned interventions in urban and rural areas. The centre’s researchers are working with farmers, communities and local authorities across the Upper Thames area to learn how different land management approaches affect flood risk. The project is also investigating the impact of making small changes over a large catchment area rather than major changes in small areas where flooding occurs.



TELESPAZIO UK PROBES FINAL FRONTIER WITH SPACE TECHNOLOGY WITH A PEDIGREE in space technology stretching back 40 years, Telespazio UK (TPZ UK) specialises in consulting, technology, engineering and service development. A subsidiary of Rome-based Telespazio S.p.A - one of the world’s earliest satellite telecommunication service providers – the company offers services for the oil and gas, utilities, maritime, defence and telecommunications sector. Space technologies underpin a range of the TPZ UK’s services, including early warning dam systems, monitoring of critical national infrastructure such as gas and water pipelines, measurements for landslides and ground subsidence as well as mapping for flood events and change detection analysis for land cover, agriculture and deforestation projects.

SCALGO SOFTWARE PLANS FLOOD MITIGATION FOR HS2 ENGINEERS WORKING ON HS2, the new high-speed railway linking London to the Midlands and the north of England, used SCALGO Live software when planning flood mitigation for a part of the line that lies within Flood Zones 2 and 3. The engineers used terrain editing tools in SCALGO Live to create realistic options for storing water upstream and reducing downstream. The flood analysis in the package allowed the engineers to assess storage capacities and flow paths and to evaluate the trade-off between maximising storage and increasing biodiversity.



SALIX HIGHLIGHTED ITS work with the Environment Agency and Team Van Oord on water vole mitigation as part of the Medmerry Realignment project in West Sussex. Medmerry is one of the stretches of coastline most at risk of flooding in southern England, with the overall scheme building major sea defences inland and allowing an intertidal

area to form between Kelsey and Bracklesham, impacting an area of water vole habitat. As a specialist subcontractor and supplier, Salix worked on 7km of ditches, of which 4km had plants translocated from adjacent donor site’s with the company using pre-established coir pallets and plug plants on the remaining 3km to create a habitat for water voles.


AN INTERACTIVE DIGITAL water cycle display took centre stage at the Atkins’s stand, which covered projects the company is delivering under its integrated catchment management approach. The stand also featured a vertical take-off wing drone to show how the company maximises data capture as well as a range of digital tools

used on flood and coastal projects. Atkins highlighted its work for the Environment Agency on the South West’s Collaborative Delivery Framework, and its experience of working with business psychologists on the role that psychological safety can play in creating an environment to succeed.



Flood & Coast is a unique event that attracts exhibitors, speakers and visitors from around the world to advance the debate about the impacts of climate change on flood and coastal erosion risk management. Developed by CIWEM and the Environment Agency, the event brings together professionals across the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management community (FCERM) to discuss innovative ways of working together and with the communities most affected by flooding and coastal erosion in today’s changing climate. We’re working together to create a climate-resilient net zero world.




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WATER MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONALS AT HISTORIC TURNING POINT Delegates descended en masse to Telford International Centre to hear that water management professionals are at a pivotal moment in history and how their work has never been more important AFTER A THREE-YEAR hiatus caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, CIWEM chief executive Terry Fuller and president Nicholas Howden welcomed delegates back to the Flood & Coast ‘family reunion’ at the Telford International Centre. Mr Fuller, who has spent the bulk of his career in the flood risk management sector, said the event was of huge personal significance and one he had ‘waited for 32 years and 327 days’ when he had first attended the MAFF flood and coast conference. ‘We are now at a pivotal moment in history and our work has never been more pertinent. We have a chance to save our planet, to adapt


to our environment and cope with the irreversible damage that climate change has already brought. The time to act is right now and we have the power to effect immense change. ‘Our focus is on solutions. How we harness nature to address floods, how we communicate, get funding and support and the new skills we need to manage the environment effectively.’

DAY ONE The first day’s key theme focused on acting strategically to meet the scale of the challenge ahead. Environment minister Rebecca Pow, who launched the government’s Flood and Coastal Erosion

Risk Management (FCERM) Roadmap at the conference, stressed how it was a key government priority to make the UK more resilient to flood and coastal erosion. She then updated delegates on the government’s goal to create a nation more resilient to future flood and coastal erosion risks. Environment Agency chief executive Sir James Bevan outlined how a combination of partnership working and significant government funding had protected more and more homes from flooding. The day’s second session focused on delivering the FCERM strategy and roadmap to 2026. The expert panel – chaired by the Environment Agency’s director fof lood risk strategy and national adaptation Julie Foley – featured contributions from National Highways executive director and chief engineer Mike Wilson, Flood RE director Dermot Kehoe, CIWEM trustee Hannah Coogan, North West Flood and Coastal Committee chair Adrian Lythgo and Daniel Johns, who is chair of the National Flood Forum and managing director of Water Resources East.

F&C CONFERENCE The panel covered the strategic actions the UK is taking and planning to meet the challenge of climate change, including investment, collaboration, place-based decision-making, science and technology, engagement and skills. The afternoon session focused on acting local, thinking global: understanding natural flood management at a range of scales. Delivering natural flood management (NFM) requires a detailed understanding of local natural and social contexts, while understanding pressing global drivers and rapidly developing international experience. The session explored how NFM tools are being developed to open up access to funding and deliver ‘no-regrets’ outcomes at scale, following discussions at the recent COP26 summit in Glasgow. The day’s third session looked at climate adaptation at the coast where communities face a unique set of risks. This featured the voices of people living and working on the coast and how their towns are adapting to the changing climate, as well as how coastal communities get the funding they need to adapt and build a resilient future. Delegates also learned from international case studies in coastal planning, including New Zealand and Belize. Day one concluded with a special event focusing on Breaking the Bias in Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management. Women in Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (WiFCERM), sponsored by Capita Binnies that provided a forum to discuss and address the bias faced by women and the group’s vision for gender equality across the sector. Speakers shared their perspectives on what the sector needs to do to break the bias. The session was followed by a networking event.

DAY TWO The second day of the conference looked at the response to recent extreme weather events and the search for global best practice for climate resilience and net zero. Environment Agency chair Emma Howard Boyd issued a clarion call for the UK to take up global leadership on adaptation to climate change. Transport for London chief safety, health and environment officer Lilli Matson reflected on her extensive experience of managing infrastructure during severe weather and

the challenges confronting the transport authority as it plans for the future. The conference continued with a session on landscape scale climate adaptation with leaders of strategic climate partnerships discussing their experience of forming global exemplars. Delegates heard how these partnerships are taking a systems approach to integrating water resource management with flood resilience, alongside wastewater and water quality factors into major long-term adaptation pathways. The session also explored the principles that underpin the partnerships’ work, such as ensuring that no one and no place is left behind in the response to climate change. Best practice in climate adaptation and carbon reduction was the subject a two-part quick-fire session in which speakers had five minutes each to share examples of innovative approaches towards climate adaptation and cutting carbon emissions. These included the lessons to be learned from extreme

weather events and the pioneers of adaptive approaches. Speakers looked at approaches to reducing carbon emissions that are often enabled through digital innovation, particularly optimising resource use, carbon storage and accounting systems. A session on Global Action chaired by Emma Howard Boyd featured senior speakers from the Netherlands, the United States and Singapore, each sharing the challenges and opportunities they face at a local level and what we can learn from one another. The World Meteorological Organisation’s State of the Climate in Africa 2020 report warned of the continent’s disproportionate vulnerability. Investment in climate adaptation for sub-Saharan Africa would cost up to $50 billion each year over the next decade, or around 2-3 per cent of GDP, which could spark job opportunities and economic development while prioritising a


sustainable and green recovery. The session looked at the aspirations for COP27 and investment in climate resilient infrastructure. A workshop on Strategic Coastal Planning focused on Shoreline Management Plans (SMPs) and the refresh of the 20 English SMPs which is in progress led by coastal groups and the Environment Agency. The workshop looked at how to help shape the next steps of the refresh and how to ensure that SMPs are accessible and inform investment and decision-making on the coast. A workshop on Coastal Place-making encouraged attendees to take part in shaping the discussion and action towards achieving viable and vibrant resilient coastal places. The workshop, chaired by Karen Thomas, Head of Coastal Partnership East, helped feed into work that is under way through the Local Government Association’s Coastal Adaptation Group.

DAY THREE The third day of the conference focused on climate skills and the future. Panellists – made up of Lancaster University senior researcher Alison Lloyd Williams, University of Hull researcher Katie Parsons, Geographical Association chief executive Alan Kinder and Balfour Beatty sector director of flood, coastal risk management Jim Hutchison and Mott MacDonald's Megan Barnes – discussed how the next generation of FCERM professionals will acquire the skills needed to help create a climate resilient, net-zero world. The session also explored developments in the UK’s school curriculum as well as access to learning opportunities in business, colleges and universities. The second session considered how to empower and be powered. Anglian Water product owner Elysia Moore and head of technical and professional development Rick Butler joined CIWEM chief executive Terry Fuller in conversation about the important role of apprenticeships in addressing the skills gap. The discussion looked at how the sector can encourage more young people like Elysia to become apprentices and what role can companies play in supporting them. The conference’s final keynote speech was delivered by Baroness Barran, who announced the winners of this year's UK Junior Water Prize.



BEVAN SETS OUT HOW INVESTMENT IN FLOOD DEFENCES WORKS MAJOR GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT has led to fewer and fewer properties flooding in recent years despite heavier and more frequent storms and rainfall, according to the Environment Agency’s chief executive.

Sir James Bevan told the conference that in the summer of 2007, 55,000 homes and businesses were flooded, with more than 100,000 properties protected. As England has built more flood defences, the proportion of homes

flooded in high rainfall events has dropped, he told the conference. During the winter of 2019/20 – which included the wettest February on record and water levels in some places higher than the floods of 2007 – more than 4,500 properties flooded but almost 130,000 properties were protected by defences. In February 2022 - when for the first time the UK had three named storms in the same week - some 400 properties flooded but around 35,000 did not. Much of the reason for those improved figures was the 2015–2021 flood defence investment programme, under which the government invested £2.6 billion to better protect 300,000 homes, he said. ‘The good news is that by working together, we can rise to the climate challenge. It’s great to see the UK government leading by example and putting net zero at the heart of its plans for a greener and cleaner economy. ‘It is equally essential we get ready for the unavoidable impacts of climate change by taking action now to adapt and help the nation to become more resilient.’

TRANSPORT FOR LONDON REVEALS CHALLENGE POSED BY CLIMATE CHANGE A TOTAL OF 333 Transport for London (TfL) assets are at risk from climate change with more than half of them under threat from rainfall and flooding. TfL’s chief safety, health and environment officer Lilli Matson told the conference that tackling the threat would cost ‘hundreds and hundreds of millions of pounds’. The transport authority is about to carry out an extensive risk review and is also working on an adaptation plan which it aims to publish later this year. TfL is already seeing the impacts of severe weather events that will likely become more common due to climate change, she added, pointing to two severe rainfall events in July 2021.

These forced the closure of 30 railway and underground stations, and several major roads and tunnels were flooded, with severe delays and disruption on London Overground services. With 30mm of rain falling in one hour, she told delegates that ‘once that intensity and volume of rain had started to fall, there was little that could be done to protect rail and highway assets, and that water levels had to subside before repair work could begin’. Although the network recovered quickly, assessment of climate related risks will be a crucial part of TfL’s planning process to avoid similar or more severe impacts on the transport network as the climate

changes, she added. Ms Matson said TfL’s work on climate change includes a goal for 80 per cent of all journeys in the capital to be taken by sustainable modes – walking, cycling and public transport – by 2041. The transport authority also aims to be zero-carbon by 2030.



POW UNVEILS ROADMAP TO TACKLE FLOODING THREAT A ROADMAP SETTING out the practical steps to be taken in the next four years to tackle the growing threat of flooding was launched at the conference by environment minister Rebeca Pow. The Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Roadmap builds on existing progress and sets out how we can be better prepared for the unavoidable impacts of climate change by ensuring the country is resilient and ready to respond and adapt to flooding and coastal change. The Environment Agency will be delivering the Roadmap with many partners including local authorities, local drainage boards, farmers, environmental groups, infrastructure providers and the insurance sector. ‘This roadmap sets out how we can build a more resilient nation and will work alongside our record investment of £5.2 billion in flood and coastal defences between 2021 and 2027 to help better protect communities,’ Ms Pow told delegates. ‘Climate change will only bring more extreme weather and this

roadmap will spur on the timely action required to manage flood and coastal risk, help reduce the costly impacts and manage the risks to people’s homes and businesses across the country.’ The roadmap aims to: • Ensure new homes will be safe from flooding; • Maximise the use of nature to enhance flood and coastal resilience while aiding nature recovery; • Improve the flood resilience of our roads, railways and other vital national infrastructure; • Ensure the delivery of environmental improvements and sustainable growth as part of flood and coastal projects; • Enhance flood forecasting and warning services to help people be better prepared to respond to flood events; • Support building back better to reduce the damage and disruption caused by flooding; and • Work with communities and local partners to develop long-term plans to manage future flooding and coastal change and adapt to future hazards.

HOWARD BOYD CALLS FOR UK TO TAKE GLOBAL ROLE ON ADAPTATION THE UK SHOULD meet the ‘crying need for global leadership’ on building climate resilience and show the world the benefits of avoiding costs and generating revenue from adaptation. Environment Agency chair Emma Howard Boyd told the conference adaptation needs to be considered through ‘a more strategic economic lens’. She called on the Treasury to commission a national assessment for adaptation investment, equivalent to the Dasgupta review on the economics of biodiversity. The move would form the basis of an investment strategy for UK adaptation, leveraging both public and private finance, she said, however ‘no-one should hold back from taking action


before it’s written’. Ms Howard Boyd pointed to research by the Swiss Re Institute which revealed that global economic losses from floods amounted to $82 billion last year. In 2021, floods accounted for 31 per cent of global economic losses from natural catastrophes, only two per cent less than tropical cyclones. ‘The UN says we need a global Race to Resilience to accelerate the investment needed to prepare for climate shocks,’ she said. ‘However, the international community’s ongoing failure to produce an integrated adaptation strategy, when contrasted against the gathering pace of physical impacts, means that no one can wait for instruction from the highest tiers of


CIWEM HAS WELCOMED the FCERM Roadmap for accepting many of its policy recommendations. The roadmap reflects the institute’s calls for improved planning for adaptation and development, higher priority for managing surface water flood risk, proportionate funding allocations, resilient communities, nature based solutions and incentives for landowners, and mitigating carbon as well as ‘engaging today for tomorrow’s climate’, CIWEM trustee Hannah Coogan told the conference.

global governance. ‘People must form partnerships where they can,to deliver action now.” Ms Howard Boyd said climate resilience is already making the UK economy stronger, pointing to the Thames Barrier which protects 125 square kilometres of central London and more than £320-billion of infrastructure including 400 schools, 16 hospitals, and 86 train and tube stations. The Bacton gas terminal scheme in Norfolk supplies up to one third of the UK’s gas but is at risk from cliff erosion. Under an Environment Agency scheme, nearly two million cubic metres of sand created a sixkilometre-long dune that will protect the terminal for another 15 to 20 years. Around the country the Environment Agency delivers £6 of benefit for every £1 spent on flood incident management, she added.


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URBAN DRAINAGE COMMUNITY PONDERS FUTURE CLIMATE CHANGE RISK The CIWEM’s Urban Drainage Group (UDG) hosted its traditional Spring Conference within the Flood and Coast event for the first time at Telford. Rainfall’s impact, stormwater management and holistic approaches to flood risk were top of the agenda AS ‘AN EVENT within an event’ the UDG conference drew on the synergies between flood and coast and urban drainage to bring together professionals from across both communities to share best practice, innovation, and particularly their collaborative experiences. Across the three sessions, the conference considered presentations on rainfall, flooding and extreme events, as well as the development of blue-green partnership solutions. The first session considered the


changing understanding of rainfall, its impact on asset operations and their failure, and how the ability to design robust solutions to address current and future challenges is evolving quickly. This session heard from JBA Consulting technical director Murray Dale on the latest research and improvements in the prediction and application of climate change rainfall while SDS director of technology systems Neil Sewell looked at latest innovations in the proactive management of rainfall and runoff to

mitigate its adverse impacts. The second session considered the complex interaction of storm water management, particularly in urban areas, with current thinking as defined in the integrated Urban Drainage Modelling Guidance, with presentations by Mike Rowlatt of RPS, WSP’s Simon Gilliland and Claire Watson of Binnies. Amid the accelerating speed of transition from traditional ‘grey’ single system solutions to holistic management of flood risk within catchments, the afternoon session saw four papers which demonstrated the ambition and delivery behind such schemes, outlining their approaches, technical challenges and ultimate successes. Focussing on case studies progressing through project life cycles from planning to construction and operation of schemes, delegates heard of the benefits for flood risk management and for the communities involved. Stantec’s Gwen Rhodes and Neil Mclean bookended the presentations, with other papers delivered by the Environment Agency’s Andrew Daugherty and Severn Trent’s John Brewington.


UNCERTAINTY DOGS FORECASTING DESPITE HUGE PROGRESS IN CLIMATE MODELLING CLIMATE MODELLING HAS taken ‘huge leaps forward’ thanks to two major research projects but there is still uncertainty in forecasting, the Urban Drainage Conference heard. The Future-Drainage and UKWIR projects both looked at rainfall intensity and use the Met Office’s climate modelling projections at convectionpermitting scales – a world first for national climate scenarios. This work is enabling a better understanding of the types of likely future rainfall events, their frequency, intensity as well as seasonal and spatial distribution, according to JBA technical director Murray Dale. Future-Drainage, a Newcastle University-led consortium involving the Met Office, JBA Consulting and Loughborough University, used the latest UK Climate Projections highresolution 2.2km data. This is providing more robust rainfall uplift estimates for the high greenhouse gas emissions scenario RCP8.5 – otherwise known as ‘business as usual’ if countries do not cut emissions. This project followed the UK Water Industry Research’s Rainfall Intensity for Sewer Design which developed guidance for water companies on rainfall uplifts using outputs from a 1.5km climate model developed by the Met Office. The model can resolve convective processes that produce the heavy rain seen in all seasons which affects the functioning of urban drainage systems. ‘There is always chaos in the atmosphere which means there is always uncertainty in climate change forecasting,’ Dale told the conference. ‘There is a good understanding of how climate impacts on rainfall on a seasonal basis but understanding how intense events work is much more difficult.’ The evidence showed that while ‘there will be higher intensity events that will be harder to manage’, he added. The rest of a city might be wet ‘but in another part there might be 30 to 50mm of

rainfall causing problems of flood risk’. Understanding the impacts of changes to rainfall intensities and seasonal patterns in the future is vital for long-term investment planning in the water industry, the conference heard. This is of particular importance for flood risk management authorities and infrastructure owners interested in how rainfall intensity change could affect fluvial and surface water flood risk. SDS director of technology systems Neil Sewell also told the conference that our relationship and attitude towards water must change with climate change likely to mean droughts as well as heavy rainfall events. Organisations and individuals alike will need to secure a reliable source of water to safeguard their future.

In a presentation, entitled Time to Save the Rain, he told the conference that rainwater is widely regarded as waste that causes flooding in drains, sewers and rivers, when it should be valued as a precious resource. Rainwater harvesting and storage systems could act as a significant line of flood defence by holding back surface water during heavy rainfall events, while reducing the need to use heavily treated mains water for non-drinking water uses. SDS specialises in designing, manufacturing, installing and maintaining water management systems which capture and treat water before controlling its return to the natural water cycle, or retaining it for reuse or recycling.


Urban Drainage Group

The CIWEM Urban Drainage Group (UDG) sustains the excellence of people professionally engaged in urban drainage management now and for future generations. UDG Events 2022-2023:

• UDG Annual Conference, 8-10 November 2022, Hilton Birmingham Metropole, Birmingham • UDG Training Day, March 2023 Hopin • UDG Spring Conference 2023, date to be confirmed www.ciwem.org/events



Hear first-hand the career paths others have taken in the flooding and coastal erosion risk management sector WATCH THE FLOOD and Coast special episodes of the ‘Careers: this is my story’ video series. This series delves into the careers of three speakers from the Flood and Coast conference, showcasing the journey they have taken to become a leader in the flooding and coastal erosion risk management sector. The episodes provide insight for those starting out in the sector, including advice and top tips for early career professionals. The speakers share with us their career defining moments, valuable lessons they have learnt and what they wished they had known at the beginning of their careers.

EPISODES 1 Joanne Barlow MCIWEM C.WEM CEnv CSci, Geomorphologist and Water Resources and Flooding Team Leader at Mott MacDonald. Watch now: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=xzqxIfeA-t4&t=13s 2 Emma Wren, MCIWEM C.WEM, Natural Flood Management Lead at Mott MacDonald. Watch now: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=XWEaf3NDvYY&t=2s 3 Julie Foley, Director of Flood Risk Strategy and National Adaptation at the Environment Agency. Watch now: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=9zZK553Feoc



WORKSHOP ROUNDTABLES ROUND-UP WOMEN IN FCERM - BREAKING THE BIAS IN FLOOD & COASTAL EROSION RISK MANAGEMENT Women in Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (WiFCERM), sponsored by Capita Binnies provided a forum to discuss and address bias that faces women and our vision for gender equality across the sector. Speakers shared their perspective on what we need to do as a sector to break the bias and together with the session attendees helped shape the direction of WiFCERM’s work over the next year as we strive towards the culture and professional experience we want to in the FCERM community.

PROPERTY FLOOD RESILIENCE TRAINING A free full-day training session on Property Flood Resilience (PFR) was held at Flood & Coast and was attended by professionals working for Risk


Management Authorities (RMAs). This training was tailored specifically to the needs of Risk Management Authorities and provided an overview of stakeholder expectations and best practice in delivering each stage of the Code of Practice for Property Flood Resilience.

CIWEM RIVERS AND COASTAL GROUP & CIWEM EARLY CAREERS NETWORKING SESSION A joint breakfast networking session hosted by CIWEM Rivers and Coastal Group (RCG) and CIWEM Early Careers provided an exciting platform of collaboration for networking, career development and most importantly, building the global CIWEM community. This session gave early careers attendees the opportunity to meet professionals from across the sector and chat with invited senior leaders about their career stories.

COASTAL WORKSHOPS Strategic Coastal Planning workshop focused on Shoreline Management Plans and the refresh of the 20 English SMPs which is in progress led by coastal groups and the Environment Agency. The workshop chaired by Bryan Curtis, chair of the coastal group networks, explored the SMP Refresh and how to ensure that SMPs are accessible and inform investment and decision making on the coast. Coastal Placemaking workshop encouraged attendees to participate in shaping the discussion and action towards achieving viable and vibrant resilient coastal places. The workshop chaired by Karen Thomas, Head of Coastal Partnership East, fed into the work that is underway through the LGA Coastal Adaptation Group.



Planet Possible tells the stories of the people paving the way for positive planetary and societal change

JOIN HOST NIKI ROACH as she explores what’s possible with practitioners and visionaries working on the big issues like adaptation and resilience to climate change, enhancing our natural environment and improving equality, diversity and inclusion in the environment sector. Everything is connected, follow this series as we explore those connections and discover what’s really possible for our planet. Planet Possible is brought to you by CIWEM; a community of environmental professionals creating a more positive world. Season 3 of Planet Possible is sponsored by Binnies - find out more at binnies.com Planet Possible went daily for two special episodes from the Flood & Coast Conference 2022.

LISTEN TO THE FLOOD & COAST 2022 SPECIAL: DAY 1 Andy Taylor sits in for Niki Roach and CIWEM’s Director of Policy Alastair Chisholm interviews Rebecca Pow MP, Daniel Johns (MD Water Resources East) and Tracey Garrett (CEO National Flood Forum). Plus there’s all the buzz and atmosphere from around the conference, and Terry Fuller (CEO, CIWEM) and Hannah Coogan (Binnies) give their endof-day post-match analysis.


AT FLOOD & COAST we launched a new digital community platform, where members of the Flood & Coast and wider FCERM community can share information, news, guidance, case studies, event details, as well as discuss topical issues, all in one moderated and curated platform. The development of the platform has been supported by the Environment Agency. Accessible at https:// communities.ciwem.org/ flood&coast, the platform is a response to the Digital Hack session at the 2021 conference where delegates called for a one-stopshop platform for knowledge and good practice information. We will be building up the information it contains over the coming weeks but need everyone to join and start sharing so that it can reach its potential so please don’t be shy!

DAY 2 The second of two special daily podcasts from the Flood & Coast conference. Niki Roach is back to host, and Alastair Chisholm interviews Emma Howard Boyd and Julie Foley from The Environment Agency plus Jyoti Bannerjee from North Star Transition. Niki explores the conference and is joined by Hannah Coogan and Al Chisholm for their expert end-of-day analysis.


THE HIGHLIGHTS Flood & Coast 2022 saw the “flood family” reunited. Our photographer Stewart Writtle captured some of the highlights from across the 3 days





RESILIENCE INNOVATION FUND SETS AGENDA FOR COASTAL CHANGE THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY outlined how the three programmes under its Resilience Innovation Fund are tackling flooding and coastal change. By 2027, £150 million will be allocated to 25 projects under the flood and coastal resilience innovation programme. These will demonstrate how practical innovative actions can improve resilience. The £36 million coastal transition accelerator programme will support

communities and businesses to adapt to a changing coast. Projects in East Riding of Yorkshire and North Norfolk are under way and the programme may include other locations in the future. Meanwhile another £8 million is being allocated to the adaptation pathways programme for long-term planning for climate adaptation in the Thames and Humber estuaries, the Severn Valley and Yorkshire.

ONLINE PLATFORM OFFERS UPDATES ON RIVER AND RAINFALL LEVELS PROFESSIONALS AND THE public alike can access an online platform detailing the latest river, groundwater and rainfall levels across England and Wales. Check-for-flooding.service.gov.uk allows users to access data from around 3,500 measuring stations to understand the real-time level of flood risk and the flood forecast for the next five days by


typing in their postcode or location. The data is updated throughout the day by the Met Office and the Environment Agency. Users can also sign up for flood warnings by phone, text or email. For further information, visit checkfor-flooding.service.gov.uk

RIVERCRAFT TO INSPIRE NEXT GENERATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPIONS THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY has joined forces with Microsoft to promote greater understanding of flood risk management and climate change in two million schools across 112 countries. Using Minecraft: Education Edition, Rivercraft is an interactive world based on the £54.7 million flood risk management scheme in Preston and South Ribble. It uses artificial intelligence to map a region and convert it into an interactive Minecraft map. Three games will be available globally in multiple languages. The Preston world game aims to encourage young people to learn about flood risk management, climate change, local human geography, engineering and the environment.

INNOVATION HUB DIGITAL PLATFORM UNVEILED FOR WATER MANAGEMENT COMMUNITY A DIGITAL COMMUNITY platform has been jointly developed by CIWEM and the Environment Agency for water and environmental management professionals to share news, views and opinions and keep up to date with latest policy guidance and events. The free-to join platform - built, hosted and run by digital agency Compuco - aims to build sub-groups covering a wide range of issues from flood and coastal erosion risk management, water resources, natured-based solutions through to technological innovation. The latest groups to launch in the community cover surface water and groundwater while the newest topics discussed by professionals include river water quality and storm overflows as well as a pilot study of the London Strategic SuDs. To sign up to the platform, visit https://communities.ciwem.org

FLOOD DEFENCE SCHEME TACKLES MAJOR FLOOD RISK TO PORTSMOUTH COAST A PARTNERSHIP OF four local authorities showcased the North Portsea Island Scheme, which covers 8.4km of Portsmouth’s coastline from Tipner through to Milton. Most of the area is low-lying and many of the current coastal defences are approaching the end of their effective lives. Predictions also indicate that sea levels are set to rise by up to one metre during the next 100 years, increasing flood risk to the area. The scheme, which includes a glass flood wall and defences textured with

an eco form-liner to aid habitat creation and allow seaweed growth to slow down saltwater egress and ingress - is designed to a one in 500-year standard of protection against flooding, reducing the risk of flooding from the sea to more than 4,200 homes, 500 businesses, and critical infrastructure for the next century. Farnham, Gosport, Havant and Portsmouth councils make up the partnership. For further information, visit coastalpartners.org.uk

ENGINEERING INNOVATIONS BLAZE TRAIL TO NET-ZERO TARGET A RANGE OF lower carbon construction materials and methods to support the Environment Agency’s drive towards net-zero by 2030 were highlighted in the Innovation Hub. These included a glass fibre reinforced polymer bar as a

replacement for street reinforcement in a concrete channel at Torkington Park Culvert near Stockport. The UK’s first ever set of moulded fibre reinforce polymer lock gates have been installed at Sunbury Dock on the River Thames with each

one maintenance-free and with a potential lifespan of up to 100 years. Meanwhile, ultra-low carbon basalt rebar blocks used on riverside and coastal revetments are expected to be trialled at Environment Agency projects next year.



What can nature do for us?

Mott MacDonald is at the vanguard of deploying natural solutions to society’s big challenges AT THE RECENT World Economic Forum in Davos, Mott MacDonald’s executive chair, Mike Haigh, asked a question - What will the world look like in 10, 20, 30 years’ time? Net zero, climate resilience, environmental degradation, flooding, food security. These are just some of the big issues facing us. Solving them is complex. Nature must be part of the solution. Nature-based solutions often generate more benefits than just those originally intended, so considering how and where we can use them from the beginning of a project, as part of an integrated approach, is the best way to maximise every positive outcome. Marieke Nieuwaal, Mott MacDonald’s Global lead for nature-based solutions explains, “It’s especially important when planning the investment, so that co-benefits can be maximised rather than just solving the main problem. That means asking what other outcomes we can get from


investing in nature-based solutions in that area and also recognising that a project is part of a larger system - nature and the built environment are all related and linked together.” The newly released Mott MacDonald interactive nature based solutions map supports that consideration of nature from the start of a project. The six-step approach enables planners, project engineers, owners and designers to plot how best to maximise the benefits, and to increase confidence around the performance, cost and long-term maintenance requirements of nature based solutions, whilst building resilience to climate impacts and helping citizens reconnect with the natural world. Nature-based solutions can be less costly to deliver than conventional infrastructure and can require less maintenance. If there is an additional cost, the wider benefits can be

monetised to offset this. Assigning values to some of the co-benefits, including carbon sequestration and improving water quality without costly treatment, means decision makers can quantify the trade-offs from competing changes to land, better identity solutions that will enhance both human development and conservation, and deliver a robust business case. For example, CIRIA’s new manual on natural flood management (NFM), authored by Mott MacDonald, provides, for the first time, a start-to-finish route map for NFM projects. The manual sets out key stages in the delivery process of NFM – from initiating a scheme and understanding the interests of local people to selecting, designing and constructing the interventions, as well as monitoring and managing their performance – and the role of local communities, landowners, regulators, utility companies and local authorities. “We want this to move the dial on NFM,” said Emma Wren, natural flood management lead at Mott MacDonald

and chief author of the manual. “This is a practical guide designed to drive implementation of NFM, moving the industry from ‘why’ to ‘how’. We try to mimic what occurs naturally. In the long term this means ensuring rivers are free to meander and create a more natural form. At the same time, we want to protect our rivers and landscapes from further degradation,” said Emma. The manual is clear that NFM does not have to work in isolation but works best when part of a network of measures that include engineered solutions and improved flood forecasting alongside education about flood risk. However, we must move away from a relying solely on ‘grey’ infrastructure solutions to manage flood risk issues. “Engineered flood defences lock us into a cycle of building our way out of trouble,” said Emma. “Natural solutions, on the other hand, seek to break this cycle by addressing the root of the problem. Often the monetary value of the co-benefits will exceed the flood risk benefits,” explained Emma. “On a

project with Eddleston Water, we found that the annual monetised flood risk benefit from the introduction of various NFM features over a 70km2 catchment was approximately £32,000, whereas the value of the co-benefits was around £141,000 a year.” NFM is becoming embedded in guidance and policy across the UK. In what is the largest scheme of its kind, Mott MacDonald is currently working with the Environment Agency and Leeds City Council to introduce NFM across 700km2 of the River Aire catchment in Yorkshire. While in North Wales the firm is working with Natural Resources Wales to install 12 leaky barriers and 5000m2 of riparian planting in the upper Nant Barrog catchment to help protect the community in Llanfair Talhaiarn in Conwy. “Ultimately, the climate and ecological emergencies require less concrete and more nature,” said Emma. “Nature-based solutions are one of the ways we can do this – replacing grey infrastructure with green. We hope this manual acts as a springboard for NFM to help us meet the

huge challenges we face.” Design and delivery teams must listen to and work with various stakeholders to understand, adapt and change projects so they work with the human and natural ecosystems in which they are sited to meet project needs and maximise the benefits for people and the environment. Nature-based solutions can complement or substitute some or all of the functionality of what might have traditionally been built. The difference is that it uses nature in ways that can achieve so much more that the original purpose.



THE FLOOD & COAST Excellence Awards Dinner 2022 sponsored by Capita Binnies took place on Day 2 of the event and welcomed nearly 600 guests from the flood community. Hosted by Jatinder Singh, the awards ceremony recognised and celebrated the recent work individuals and teams have done to manage flood and coastal risk, build local flood resilience and take action on climate change. We were looking for projects and initiatives, big and small, which demonstrated how we were working with partners and communities to deliver the Environment Agency’s vision for a nation ready and resilient to flooding and climate change – today tomorrow and to the year 2100. This year we have introduced three new categories which are: Enabling Nature Based Solutions, Asset Management Excellence and Flood and Coast Graduate of the Year awards.






CLIMATE RESILIENT PLACES SOUTH WEST PROPERTY FLOOD RESILIENCE PATHFINDER – JBA Consulting, Cornwall Council, Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council, Torbay Council, Council of the Isles of Scilly and South-West RFCC Highly Commended: HUMBER: HULL FRONTAGE FLOOD DEFENCE IMPROVEMENTS – Environment Agency, BMM JV, BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald


DIGITAL EXCELLENCE CHECK FOR FLOODING – Environment Agency and Defra Digital Technology Services Highly Commended: LEEDS NATURAL FLOOD MANAGEMENT SITES PLATFORM – Mott Macdonald, Environment Agency and Leeds City Council



Highly Commended: Pang Valley Flood Forum



TOWARDS NET ZERO BLUE CARBON POTENTIAL OF RESTORED SALTMARSHES IN THE UK – Jacobs, Environment Agency, and Manchester Metropolitan University




Highly Commended: BUDE ADAPTIVE PATHWAYS – Environment Agency and Atkins


Highly Commended: SAN FRANCISCO WATERFRONT RESILIENCE PROGRAM – Jacobs, Arcadis, Port of San Francisco and the whole Waterfront Resilience team


Highly Commended: EMILY CUNNINGHAM – LGA Coastal SIG

Highly commended: GEMMA JAMES – Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure




Highly Commended: ANNA LAU – Turner & Townsend


When protecting homes and businesses from tidal flooding is getting real Delivering a major programme of work in the South West of England via the Collaborative Delivery Framework (CDF)

ATKINS IS ONE of the world’s most respected design, engineering, and project management consultancies, employing over 18,300 people across the UK, North America, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific, and Europe. We build long-term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas. Our company values are Safety Integrity Innovation and Collaboration, and we bring these to life on the projects we deliver for our clients. Atkins have been operating in the Flood and Coast sector for many years working collaboratively with the Environment Agency and other Risk Management Authorities to deliver award winning schemes that reduced the risk of flooding to communities. We are currently delivering a major programme of work with the


Environment Agency in the South West of England via the Collaborative Delivery Framework (CDF). This work includes developing strategies, appraisals and detailed designs for schemes that reduce flooding to communities in the Devon Cornwall Somerset Wiltshire and Dorset Areas. Our biggest project in the South West is the detailed design of the £100M Bridgwater Tidal Barrier in Somerset on the River Parrett which will protect 13,000 homes and businesses from tidal flooding. We are also supporting the Environment Agency on flood incident management post flood recovery works with our asset inspections teams. We are delivering CDF projects with an integrated catchment management approach. Successful catchment management rests on striking the right balance for a particular area and taking

a targeted approach to its unique risks and opportunities, factoring in recreation, health and wellbeing for the community, sustainable economic growth, and development, and of course, biodiversity and the environment. To achieve the multibenefit outcomes good catchment management promises, a systemsbased approach must be embraced, integrating the catchment’s physical and natural assets. We need to get to grips with how and why things happen, and the interdependency of our assets. Catchments need to provide resilience now, and for the future, using adaptable and sustainable solutions to address changing needs arising from the management of human pressure and environmental ambition. Atkins is collaborative by nature – it’s in our DNA and part of our culture. We define collaboration as “we work together and embrace each other’s unique contribution to deliver amazing results for all”. We achieve this by fostering respectful and mutually beneficial relationships, valuing every opinion, harnessing the power of teamwork, and building relationships based on trust and openness. We have been working with the Environment Agency and Business Psychologists on CDF to develop psychological safety within our teams to create a highperformance team culture. Prior to the Collaborative Delivery Framework Atkins were a member of the Volker Stevin Boskalis Atkins JV delivering on the 6-year Water and Environmental Management framework mainly across the North West and North East of England. Key award-winning projects delivered on this framework included Morecambe Fairhaven and Mytholmroyd. We were also responsible for the design and build of the £67M Ipswich Tidal Barrier which protects 1,600 homes and 400 businesses from flooding.


All water is one water… How do OneWater approaches benefit your community? AT JACOBS, WE think differently about water. As global supply and demand for water intensifies and as climate change puts increased pressure on our assets and communities, solving the world’s most complex water challenges requires different thinking. OneWater is an integrated and collaborative approach to understanding complex water challenges – not only those that we face today, but also those we will face tomorrow. Water is one natural resource we all share. Within and across catchment and community boundaries, our clients are tackling complex challenges in sustainably, equitably and safely managing this resource. We address these challenges with integrated solutions specific to the catchment, benefitting local communities. OneWater starts with inclusive planning, considering the needs of all those who influence or are influenced by water resources. HOW DO ONEWATER APPROACHES BENEFIT YOUR COMMUNITY? • Engaging the full range of affected stakeholders, businesses and the environment, and finding opportunities for successful partnerships • Prioritising solutions that promote workforce development and provide meaningful co-benefits • Recognising the circularity of local economies and repurposing traditional waste as a valued resource • Identifying future actions and investments focused on climate adaptation and resilience • Incorporating innovation and digital technology from other OneWater initiatives Our experience working on major programmes in the UK and globally gives us the opportunity to identify value-creating solutions that address regional flood defence and water resources requirements and also deliver wider social, economic and

environmental benefits. This comes with integrating technical skills and disciplines from across the business, collaborating with partners and suppliers to identify the best approach and people to deliver the work, and engaging with communities and other stakeholders to understand what really matters. SAN FRANCISCO WATERFRONT RESILIENCE PROGRAMME The Port of San Francisco Waterfront Resilience Programme addresses the 7.5 miles of Port-operated waterfront on the north and west coastline of San Francisco, bordering the San Francisco Bay. The northern 3.5 miles of the study area addresses the century-old Embarcadero Seawall. The Seawall protects critical regional transportation assets, utilities and over $100 billion in assets and annual economic activity. The San Francisco Embarcadero Waterfront is a complex system with an extensive network of overwater piers- fronted to the shore by historic bulkhead wharves, extensive transit, utility networks and historic district, all at the gateway between downtown San

Francisco and the Bay. Jacobs is working with partners to undertake a flood risk assessment and develop mitigation measures to support adaptation through 2100 and beyond. THAMES ESTUARY ASSET MANAGEMENT 2100 (TEAM2100) The ten-year TEAM2100 programme to refurbish and improve tidal flood defences in London and the Thames Estuary is the Environment Agency’s single largest flood risk management programme and one of the UK Government’s top 40 infrastructure projects. It was set up to create a long-term approach to managing 330-kilometers of tidal flood defences, comprising walls and embankments and over 400 other structures (such as flood gates, outfalls and pumps) in London and the Thames Estuary, including the iconic Thames Barrier. Jacobs is managing the first ten years of the programme. Listen to Jacobs’ latest podcast with the Environment Agency, talking about how this programme is providing resilience in the face of climate change, aging infrastructure and population growth: https://www.jacobs.com/ podcasts/ifwhen/high-tide-how-globalcities-can-adapt-sea-level-rise.



Van Oord shares its experience… work closely with our clients, supply chain and stakeholders to ensure we deliver value solutions and exceed expectations. Van Oord was one of the first contractors to partner with the Environment Agency for the delivery of their coastal infrastructure projects and continues to do so on their Marine and Coastal Framework (MCF). To date Van Oord has been successful in delivering 100% of the MCF programme. Major coastal protection schemes executed by Van Oord include: • Saltfleet to Gibraltar Point Beach Management; • Lincolnshire Beach Management; • Hythe Ranges Sea Defence; • Lydd Ranges Sea Defence; • Bacton to Walcott Sandscaping; • Shoreham Adur Tidal Walls Scheme; • Broomhill Sands Coastal Defence Scheme; and • Happisburgh to Winterton.

VAN OORD UK was delighted to support the 2022 Flood and Coast Conference as Gold Sponsor. As one of the UK’s leading dredging and marine contractors we understand the importance of meeting together face to face to discuss and share current challenges and successes in flood and coastal erosion risk management. At this year’s event it was great to see Women in FCERM gain momentum and we are proud to be a part of this initiative. Our company has been established in the UK since 1924 and specialises in capital and maintenance dredging, coastal protection, port development, land reclamation and outfall installation. In addition, Van Oord’s fully owned subsidiary company, JT Mackley Construction, has been established for over 90 years and


specialises in the delivery of civil engineering projects in the coastal, fluvial, waste, water, ports, harbour, energy and infrastructure sectors. Our skilled professionals have an unrivalled experience and deep understanding of coastal and marine construction projects in the UK. We are able to draw upon the expertise of over 5000 dedicated employees and a state of the art fleet of marine equipment. This ensures flexibility to provide appropriate resources for the variety of projects encountered in the dredging and marine contracting sphere. Our operations are supported by our internal Engineering Department, who develop cost effective and environmentally sensitive solutions for our projects. We understand collaboration is essential to achieving best results. We

Our focus is always on identifying and delivering sustainable solutions for our clients and we are committed to ensuring that sustainability is a prime consideration at every stage of the project. We are committed to achieving Net Zero Carbon and are proactively putting forwards lower carbon solutions. We play an active role in caring for the planet by focusing on solutions that enhance the environment both now and in the future. Through working in partnership with renowned research institutes and universities, Van Oord continues to develop environmental innovations, for instance the Van Oord Guards programme. We encourage and support our teams to be innovative and develop work methods that are sympathetic to the environment and deliver net biodiversity gain and community benefit. Marine ingenuity is what sets Van Oord apart. Thanks to the ingenious mind and passionate hearts of our employees, we develop smart solutions that both protect and enhance the environment and communities during our work.

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Successful trial of the use of a Trimble X7 laser scanner with Boston Dynamics’ Spot® robot Driving innovative and future-proof solutions, together AT BAM, OUR work in remote locations, like Antarctica, opens the door to exploration and innovation. Our teams continue to look into new, smarter ways of delivering their work safely, efficiently and with minimal environmental impact. BAM has been working with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) to transform the Shetland HVDC (high voltage direct current) link project into a testbed for innovative technology that could transform the construction industry. As part of a government-backed trial, BAM has successfully trialled the use of a Trimble X7 laser scanner with Boston Dynamics’ Spot® robot in a construction setting, using a private 5G network to obtain data remotely - the first use case of its kind.

“Spot®” can be remotely controlled to perform numerous tasks and carry out

missions autonomously. By connecting the four-legged robot to the 5G network, the operator can access areas too dangerous or uncomfortable for humans - or take on repetitive tasks such as data collection or surveying. The 5G connection allows the operator to observe and obtain site data from any location in the world. Collaborating with SSEN would not have been possible without strong relationships, and the technology will have a profound impact in years to come on how we both work. In remote locations where cellular reception is precarious, we proposed that testing 5G could improve efficiency and sustainability. It could open the way for better inter-site communication, project oversight and, crucially, for places like Shetland, remote working. bamnuttall.co.uk/news/spot



Delivering infrastructure sustainably is vital to the UK Stepping up for communities OUR PURPOSE IS to sustainably deliver infrastructure which is vital to the UK. We have a proven track record of delivering

high profile, complex flood and coastal risk management projects and we are focused on delivering environmental enhancements while reducing whole-life carbon impacts for our clients.

At the core of every project is technical excellence and innovation, utilising the latest building methods and technologies to ensure we offer the best value for our clients. With our long-term relationships with the Environment Agency, Canal & River Trust and a number of local authorities, we take seriously our commitment to enhancing the environment and ensuring the resilience of communities for generations to come. Our capabilities are broad; from delivering a major tidal defence project in Exmouth increasing the flood resilience for 1,800 properties, to deploying 55 engineers to the Whaley Bridge dam emergency within two hours, and everything in between. We step up for communities. If you’d like to know more about what we do or if you’re interested in working with us in future, please contact Philip Ramsay at philip.ramsay@kier.co.uk


Flood Control International FLOOD CONTROL INTERNATIONAL is a UK based designer, supplier and installer of the most comprehensive range of flood defence systems in the world. Working across the UK since 1994 and internationally since 2003, providing flood protection solutions across the globe. Flood Control International work with architects, designers, consultants, government organisations and contractors to develop the optimum and most appropriate flood defence solutions, depending on project specifications, to ensure that the end user is afforded the best possible protection from floods. There are many products and solutions available, and each brings specific benefits that can be tailored to specific needs. OPTIONS Flood Control International’s flood defence products are as numerous and varied as the floods that necessitate


protection. The three main headings for our flood defence products are; flood barriers, flood doors and floodgates. From simple slot-in ‘stoplog’ flood barriers, to state-of-the-art permanent glass walls and including fully automatic barriers that operate only when required, flood barriers offer flood protection heights up to 4m+ and can be unlimited in length. Our secure flood doors are tailor-made to protect against flood

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Atkins Global Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing over 18,300 people across the UK, North America, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe. We build long-term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas. Atkins have been operating in the Flood and Coast sector for many years working collaboratively with the Environment Agency and Other Risk Management Authorities to deliver award winning schemes that reduced the risk of flooding to communities. It would be great if you could spare some time to visit the Atkins stand during your visit to hear about the work we doing in responding to flooding and coastal erosion while tackling the challenges of the nature and climate emergency. Address: The Hub, 500 Aztec West, Bristol, BS32 4RZ Contact Number: 01454 662734 www.atkinsglobal.com/homepage ATM Ltd AxFlow Ltd

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B BAM Nuttall BAM Nuttall, along with BAM Construct in the UK, is part of the Royal BAM Group. BAM delivers exceptional engineering, design, construction, property management, and investment services. The Group turnover 7billion annually, listed on Euronext, Amsterdam. BAM Nuttall, employing approx. 3000 people, has a worldwide reputation for collaborating with Clients, creating sustainable environments that enhance people’s lives. Our projects span the UK, and we support international programmes, from Africa to Antarctica. BAM people capitalise their knowledge across sectors including rail, marine, tunnelling, highways, energy, and water, using state-of-the-art resources and digital technologies, providing innovative solutions. Address: St James House, Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3XW Contact Number: 07393242738 www.bamnuttall.co.uk BMT Boskalis Westminster Ltd Brunel University London

www.bmt.org/ westminster.boskalis.com/ www.brunel.ac.uk

C Capita Binnies Delivering sustainable outcomes through collaborative working, CapitaBinnies have the right resources across the FCM project lifecycle to solve your most difficult challenges. We deliver key digital strategies and change, ensuring our clients have the data they need, where and when it is needed, to support informed decision making. We have unique capabilities in delivery of nature-based solutions, green finance and support to unlock funding of outcomes that enhances the ability to deliver your schemes. We are driven by sustainable outcomes that support communities, and our clients in the drive for net zero carbon. Come and meet some of our inspiring team today. Address: 60 High Street, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1SH Contact Number: 01737 856353 binnies.com/ CIRIA

CIWEM Lounge Partnering with individuals and organisations across the FCERM sector we, develop careers, provide professional assurance, and most importantly connect people and organisations to positive water and environment solutions. Through our membership, events, training, publications, awards and policy activities, we build a global community of people passionate about water and environmental solutions to amplify our collective impact on the world. For you, for your business, come and see us in the CIWEM lounge stand B22. Address: 106-109 Saffron Hill, London EC1N 8QS, United Kingdom Contact Number: 020 7831 3110 www.ciwem.org/ Comptus Inc Concrete Canvas


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ECS Engineering Services Ltd

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Environment Agency The Environment Agency works to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development. Our national flood and coastal risk management strategy vision is ‘A nation ready for, and resilient to flooding and coastal change - today, tomorrow and to the year 2100’. Learn more about the practical actions we are taking as set out in our Roadmap to 2026. Meet us on the Environment Agency stand to talk about property flood resilience, education, natural flood management, coastal management, digital tools and more. Address: Environment Agency Contact Number: 07899068907 www.environment-agency.gov.uk EPOTY Gallery






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Jackson Civil Engineering Collaborative Delivery Team

Flood Control International is a UK based specialist designer, supplier and installer of the most comprehensive range of flood defence systems in the world. Working in the UK since 1994 and internationally since 2003, we design and supply flood barriers, floodgates and flood doors and were the first installer of designed glass floodwalls in 2010 in Dublin. We regularly work with client architects, consultants and designers to develop correct and optimum solutions and project specifications, to ensure that the end user is afforded the best possible protection from floods. Address: Kilworthy Park, Tavistock, PL19 0FZ Contact Number: 01822 619730 www.floodcontrolinternational.com

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At Jacobs, we’re challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing. We have some 1,500 water and environmental professionals across the UK, and can reach back to a pool of approx. 5,000 working across the globe. Our water and environmental teams work closely with the diversity of technical professionals that is Jacobs, from all engineering disciplines to architects and digital solutions, to bring the best global capability and solutions to local clients. Please come and visit us on our stand to experience our virtual reality site simulation, or take part in a charitable silent auction which will support local artists and help clean up our waterways. Address: 1180 Eskdale Rd, Winnersh, Wokingham, RG41 5TU Contact Number: 01189 467933 www.jacobs.com JBA Consulting


Kaymac Marine &

Kier Infrastructure

EA Framework Partners. Successful flood deployments in the UK, Europe and globally, from1995. BSI Kitemarked since 2003, this quick and easy flat packed barrier system, based on extra strong steel and plastic membrane, comes in a range of models with dam heights from 0.41m to 2.45m. The Geodesign Barriers are free standing and self-anchoring no ground fixtures. Suitable for homeowners, communities and large-scale use. The flexible barriers adapt easily to local conditions uneven ground, kerbs, slopes and steps. Can be deployed in water. With its long lifespan, the barrier can be reused many times and provides excellent value for money. Address: 2 Montgomery Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1LE Contact Number: 07890983239 www.geodesignbarriers.com

Kiers purpose is to sustainably deliver infrastructure which is vital to the UK. In 2020, we launched our sustainability framework, Building for a Sustainable World. It focuses on two key components; environmental sustainability and social sustainability and this approach aims to safeguard three vital features; a resilient environment, a resilient community and a resilient balance sheet. Our Regional Civil Engineering team delivers projects for clients that require the support, expertise and assurance provided by a contractor with sustainability values at their core. We pride ourselves on delivering complex projects in challenging environments, working collaboratively with all key stakeholders. Address: Hawthorn House, Emperor Way, Exeter Business Park, Exeter, Devon, EX1 3QS Contact Number: 01392261365 www.kier.co.uk


Hawkins & Associates Holcim & Aggregate Industries

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Civil Engineering Ltd Kingsley Composites www.hawkins.biz/ www.aggregate.com


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IBS Engineered Products Ltd www.ibsengineeredproducts.co.uk/ Innovation Hub www.environment-agency.gov.uk Innovyze an Autodesk Company www.autodesk.com/




Gilmour & Aitken Ltd Grass Concrete Limited




Flood Control International

Flood Innovation Centre – University of Hull Flood Re Floodmobile Fujitsu



M3 Floodtec MARLAN MARITIME TECHNOLOGIES LTD MMEngineering Moore Concrete Products Ltd

www.kaymacmarine.co.uk www.kingsleyplastics.co.uk


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LISTINGS Mott MacDonald

Van Oord

With our clients and partners, Mott MacDonald is committed to making a positive difference. How big a difference is up to all of us. That’s why we want to talk about the future we can create, together. During Flood and Coast 2022, come and talk to us about our six-step decision framework for nature-based solutions, join the discussions on how systems approaches can help us all realise our ambition, and how natural processes can reduce flood risk. Address: 22 Station Road, Cambridge CB12JD Contact Number: 07818065304 www.mottmac.com/

Van Oord, one of the worlds leading dredging and marine contractors, has been established in the UK since 1924 and specialises in capital and maintenance dredging, port development, coastal defence, land reclamation and pipeline installation. Van Oords fully owned subsidiary company, JT Mackley Construction, has been established for over 90 years and specialises in the delivery of civil engineering projects in the coastal, fluvial, waste, water, ports harbours, energy and infrastructure sectors. Van Oord and Mackleys specialised professionals have an unrivalled experience in and understanding of marine construction projects in the UK. In addition, we are able to draw upon the expertise of over 5000 staff who are available to support our operations and be deployed on our projects as need demands. We understand cooperation is essential to achieving best results. We work closely with our clients, supply chain and stakeholders, to not only ensure the most cost effective solutions are achieved but also the most suitable. Van Oord was one of the first contractors to partner with the Environment Agency for the delivery of their coastal infrastructure project and continues to do so their current framework. Many of the Environment Agencys major coastal protection schemes have been executed by Van Oord and Mackley, these including: - Lincolnshire Beach Management Scheme - Hythe Ranges Sea Defence - Lydd Ranges Sea Defence - Bacton to Walcott - Shoreham Adur Tidal Walls Scheme - Broomhill Sands Coastal Defence Scheme - Happisburgh to Winterton; and Jaywick Address: Bankside House, Henfield Road, Small Dole, West Sussex, BN5 9XQ Contact Number: 01273494843 www.vanoord.com


National Flood Forum National Oceanography Centre




Radio Data Networks Resilient Planit RIDGEWAY RSK Addas

nationalfloodforum.org.uk/ noc.ac.uk/

www.picsuk.com/our-products/ hatcrete-industrial-flooring/

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SALIX River & Wetland Services Ltd www.salixrw.com/ SCALGO scalgo.com/ Soluform www.soluform.co.uk Stanton Precast Ltd www.stantonprecast.co.uk StormMeister (William M Snape) www.stormmeister.com/ Sustainability West Midlands


Telespazio UK Tetra Tech Tetra Tech Europe THE ENCON GROUP THE Plastic Piling Company TMS - Hesselberg Hydro TMS - HESSELBERG HYDRO Tony Gee and Partners

www.telespazio.co.uk WWW.TETRATECHEUROPE.COM WWW.TETRATECHEUROPE.COM www.encon.co.uk www.plasticpiling.co.uk/ www.tmsmaritime.co.uk tmsmaritime.co.uk/ www.hesselberg-hydro.com www.tonygee.com/


UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology


Valeport Group Van Heck



www.valeport.co.uk/ www.vanheckgroup.com

VolkerStevin VolkerStevin is one of the UKs leading flood and coastal defence contractors. We have worked collaboratively alongside the Environment Agency and local authorities to protect communities, people, homes and businesses from flooding for over 20 years. Our team brings decades of experience, expert technical capability, innovative thinking and a deep understanding of client objectives, risks, opportunities, social value, decarbonisation and the importance of stakeholder management and community engagement when delivering flood and coastal works. Address: The Lancashire Hub, Preston City Park, Bluebell Way, Preston, PR2 5PE Contact Number: 01772 708620 www.volkerstevin.co.uk


Waitings Waterman Aspen WatershedGEO Wessex Archaeology WM PLANT HIRE WSP

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Delivering the people to drive your project Our expertise covers everything from flood risk management for a multi-million pound scheme, to local drainage improvements. No matter how big or small a project is, you’ll need a specialist for the job. watermanaspen.co.uk

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