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Kingston Upon Thames, London

THE PROBLEM

The Boatyard in Kingston-Upon-Thames is a new riverside development near Kingston Bridge, boasting idyllic views across the Thames. The scheme was developed by St James, in a joint venture with Berkley Group and Thames Water.

St James has a reputation for high specification and attention to detail and are committed to positive environmental impact with the regeneration of redundant sites. Flood mitigation was high on the specification agenda in the planning stages given the ongoing threat of river flooding.

A barrier that activates automatically through the power of the flood water was identified by St James as the ideal flood defence solution to protect an underground car park to the development. Using passive technology, the barrier housed underground will activate 24/7 without any human interaction.

THE SOLUTION

Having an early involvement in the project enabled our specialist technical staff to install the system during the construction phase – the groundwork was prepped in advance to incorporate concrete basins for the barriers to sit in. This helped to ensure time on site was kept to a minimum. In total ten barriers were installed including three devices, measuring at 1200mm x 1000mm. Barriers were installed to protect a vehicle entrance, pedestrian entrance and a substation.