A situational paradigm on flooding and built environment interventions in the UK

Wigglesworth, Tom, Adeniyi, Onaopepo, Ginige, Kanchana and Pearson, John (2017) A situational paradigm on flooding and built environment interventions in the UK. In: The 6th World Construction Symposium 2017 on “What’s New and What’s Next in the Built- Environment Sustainability Agenda?”, 30 Jun - 02 Jul 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Abstract

Flooding in the United Kingdom (UK) is increasing in both frequency and severity, leading to huge social and economic cost consequences, despite which there seems to be limited data or research on built environment related interventions such as effectiveness of flood defence schemes across the UK. As the UK remains at the pinnacle of urban development, this study seeks to underline the inherent relationship between flooding occurrences and the construction industry related interventions. The study examined the effectiveness of flood defences in the UK, regarding their economic suitability, their physical effectiveness and how they are managed and funded by the UK Government. Case study research strategy was employed and interview was used as the data collection method in the case study. This study revealed that the underlying cause of increased flooding in the UK is due to several factors including; climate change and urbanisation. In terms of the physical defences built to protect the built environment, the study has shed light on the level of protection they offer, their cost effectiveness and how such schemes are financed. This study targeted the creation of a situational paradigm that could be transposed and generalised to enhance the understanding of flooding intervention in the UK and other urban environments.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: K200 Building
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Kanchana Ginige
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2017 11:28
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2017 11:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/31558

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