With heavy rainfall expected to hit the UK in coming months and around one in six properties at risk of flooding, Aggregate Industries talks planning defence measures.
Aggregate is highlighting the need for early intervention when planning defence measures, reminding contractors and local authorities that ‘prevention is better than cure’.
Richard Naylor, Commercial Manager at Aggregate Industries, comments: “It really is vital that authorities take a pre-emptive approach by acting now and reviewing their flood defence strategies early on, making any adjustments or improvements necessary. Not only is this vital to potentially saving lives and reducing the impact as much as possible, but it can work out more economical in the long run – after all, it’s far cheaper to prevent flood damages than rectify them.”
Leveraging the latest construction materials solutions available to aid coastal and flood defence measures – such as the use of aggregates – is a crucial part of flood prevention.
Rock armour, rip-rap and gabion natural rocks are widely specified by the Environment Agency and consulting engineers for river revetment and diversion contracts. Unlike other manmade materials, natural rock is more harmonious and longer lasting as it forms an effective interlock between blocks and can be achieved on either a coursed or random joint pattern.
Richard adds: “At Aggregate Industries, we work with specialist design consultants to help tailor rock armour specifically to meet the challenges of different regions and floodplains. We also ensure that this material is available at a moment’s notice from several quarries across the country so that effective flood defences can be installed when necessary.”
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