26/01/2017

Ten Steps to Efficiency in Flood and Coastal Risk Management

Balfour Beatty explore steps to achieve efficiencies in delivering and maintaining flood defences, without compromising on quality or safety.

A new report, "Ten steps to efficiency in Flood and Coastal Risk Management", published by our delivery partner Balfour Beatty outlines ten points that could enable commissioning authorities, government and the infrastructure industry to achieve efficiencies in delivering and maintaining flood defences, while ensuring a high level of quality and safety is maintained.

These range from collaborative working to facilitate the easy sharing of resource, information and ideas to the development of an efficient and comprehensive strategy for flood risk management, which include;

  • Better use of land
  • Increased resilience for existing housing stock
  • Improved flood defences 
  • Safeguarding of wildlife and the environment

The funding of flood risk management is an emotive subject and in the report, Balfour Beatty encourages the Government to develop a long-term capital and maintenance programme, which will protect funding beyond the current six-year term to 2012, enabling authorities to plan for the future and gain maximum efficiencies. 

Managing the cost of UK flood damage, for homeowners and businesses will continue to be a pressing issue given the widespread changes in weather patterns with six of the seven wettest years occurring since the year 2000. We work closely with the Environment Agency, local authorities and supply chain to ensure the effective delivery of flood protection schemes across the country.

– Jim Hutchison, Balfour Beatty Business Development Director Flood and Coastal Risk Management

Through our Civil Engineering and Infrastructure framework, Balfour Beatty engage early with clients, and work collaboratively to foster an environment of innovation and the efficient sharing of resources, ideas and information. Through this approach we form strong partnerships that achieve efficiency and facilitate the successful delivery of services to local communities.

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