Floating infrastructures suggested as solution for flooding

  • 16 Feb 2015

Statistics from the Met Office suggest that around 10% of Britain is at risk of flooding.

Floating home

Floating infrastructures are not uncommon in Scandinavia, where many people live in floating houses

Climate change is causing an increase in flooding around the world. It is predicted that the average amount of rainfall will rise by 30% by 2080. Along with melting glaciers and rising sea levels, this increased rainfall is affecting the globe.

Water has engulfed entire islands: by submerging inhabited land, it is posing a threat to people’s lives.¬†Engineers have relied on protective measures, such as the construction of dams and reservoirs, diversion channels and gabions, for many years.

However, these approaches can be costly and inefficient. Not only do these sorts of defences require constant maintenance, they are only a temporary solution to a permanent problem.

Floating infrastructures

Floating infrastructures have been suggested as a solution. They can be units that sit on dry land and rise with water levels or structures that sit on permanent bodies of water.

The latter kind has been proposed at the Royal Victoria Docks in London.

With floating infrastructures, a whole town could feasibly be built on a flood plain. This would make use of land that could not have previously been used due to risk of flooding.

Floating structures could also be built where environmental regulations prevent traditional structures from being constructed.

For instance, since the construction of floating structures does not require drilling into seabeds, they can be built in places off the coast.

By building on water, the need to build on protected land is also reduced.

Ramboll UK and floating infrastructures

Ramboll UK has conducted research that shows the construction of a floating house has a similar cost to the construction of a traditional one.

The company has also developed a corrosion-free reinforcement for concrete to improve the foundation design and life cycle of floating infrastructures.

The company has previously provided structural and engineering services for the floating cruise liner dock on Liverpool’s quayside, which was completed in 2007.

Find out more about Ramboll UK

Leave a Reply

More articles

Bull Products

Bull sails forward with Norwegian shipyard contract

Bull Products has strengthened its presence in the shipbuilding industry, after securing a partnership with a major Norwegian distributor.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Systems, Case Studies, Facility Management & Building Services, Health & Safety, Posts, Security and Fire Protection, Site Preparation

BMI

BMI UK & Ireland launches to the UK construction industry

Following the coming together of Icopal and Monier Redland, and a period of investment in premises, systems and people, BMI UK & Ireland has been formally launched to the construction industry.

Posted in Articles, Building Associations & Institutes, Building Industry Events, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Services, Building Systems, news, Posts, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation, Roof Edge Protection, Roofs

MCRMA

Troldtekt explores the rise of darker colours in its latest theme

With heavier materials and darker colours being used in more and more projects, Troldtekt is exploring the movement in detail in its latest Theme.

Posted in Acoustics, Noise & Vibration Control, Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Ceilings, Innovations & New Products, Interiors, Paints, Coatings & Finishes, Posts