A picture’s better than words… and a physical example is even better! We need to challenge, inspire and capture the hearts and minds of local residents… ‘big city’ engineering solutions to stop flooding can only go so far, households and property developers need to play their part too… so we’re building a real home to showcase, demonstrate and prove the benefits or various property level protections and flood alleviation options available…
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The challenge posed by flooding in the city is not insignificant. There are lots of interesting facts and figures, the fact that 20% of the UK’s entire land mass drains through the Humber Estuary, the fact that the city is effectively positioned at the bottom of a ‘bowl’ in the landscape which means that the majority of the city is actually BELOW the high tide level! Being held back by various flood protection systems, most of which you may be totally unaware of… but ‘big city’ engineering can only go so far
In order for the city and surrounding areas and all residents living within to be truly resilient to flooding we need to make some big changes. There is even more engineering work to be planned and delivered over the coming years to combat rising sea levels and increasing city-drainage demands and together, there is a big community-led change required too… Hull and much of the East Riding or Yorkshire is built upon reclaimed land, land which has always had a history of flooding and much of which may potentially flood again. In order to minimise the distress, disruption and damage caused by future events we need to think differently.
Learning from communities around the world who have successfully lived on or near flood waters for many years, we intend to inspire people’s thirst for change, challenge how developers design and build new homes and businesses in the region and motivate communities to see that a few small and affordable changes to their house might have a significant impact should their home flood in the future
We will be building a new home on land currently designated as unsuitable for development due to flood risk, this home will be constructed using designs and techniques learned from overseas, some of which may be totally new and challenging to the current way we build homes in the UK. We will be cleverly designing and landscaping the surrounding land installing property level protections which together, will create a home which is safe, secure and suitable for continued habitation in a flood event
This new flood resilient home will then be a showcase to work with developers, insurance companies, communities and new product manufacturers to continue testing, inspiring and demonstrating the cost-effective solutions we can all use to reduce our risk and increase our personal water resilience, creating a thriving community, fit for the future, in which we can all live, work and socialise
How can I get involved?
If you are a local residential or commercial developer, architect or local property level protection specialist and interested in finding out more, please contact the project manager, Andrew Prest on Andrew.Prest@YorkshireWater.co.uk