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UK floods

Bonfield flooding review: Your chance to debate the results

9 Dec 16

Free event: Debate UK flood resilience with Bonfield review committee members at a panel discussion on Tuesday 13 December

UK floods

Flood defences will cost just a ‘few pence a week’

4 Nov 16

Utilities not consumers will pick up bill for defence works, says former flood strategy MP Oliver Letwin


Bonfield flooding review to call for stronger partnerships

14 Sep 16

Peter Bonfield review will say insurers must work with construction and government to prepare for floods

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Wavin's AquaCell used at Barton Park, Oxford

Sponsored feature on flood risk: Troubled waters

20 Dec 16

As the UK prepares for the next wave of winter storms, there is growing awareness of the need to improve the resilience of properties to protect against devastating floods. Andrew Brister reports on the action plan devised by the recent Bonfield Review and looks at some of the emerging solutions

Contrioversially, the plumes of the world-famous Trafalgar Square fountains have now been significantly reduced from this height to minimise water evaporation

Water features: Making a splash

20 Apr 16

Technological advances mean we can now enjoy the spectacle of water without any of the misgivings about waste


What to specify: Water products

20 Apr 16

This week’s products include an indoor terrazzo fountain designed for an Italian restaurant in London, and Westminster City council installs a shower pump in an apartment block designed for the elderly and less able


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Online poll: Flood defence

6 Jan 16

Will the £400m a year investment for flood defence promised by the government be enough to prevent future flooding in the UK? Vote here

Community opinion

Conor Leyden

How to build homes safely in flood prone areas

20 Jan 17

New homes can be built safely in flood prone areas but we need to have a grown-up conversation about development


Fixing the UK's flooding problem

1 Jun 16

Water and wild weather might have dropped out of UK headlines but they’ll be back


Flood resilience – built in, not an afterthought

23 May 16

How can we build new homes without increasing the flood risk of existing communities further downstream?

Richard Threlfall

Wet, wet, wet

20 Jan 16

With outdated policy, procurement and funding models, flood defences are a key area of infrastructure weakness. So far none of the solutions the government has offered has worked - largely because its whole approach needs radical reform

Andy Williamson

Flood-proofing rethink required

11 Jan 16

December’s devestating floods and storms show the need to put the way we design and build our homes back on the agenda


Online poll: Flood defence

6 Jan 16

Will the £400m a year investment for flood defence promised by the government be enough to prevent future flooding in the UK? Vote here

Tim Young

Flood reaction: Tim Young, John Rowan and Partners

14 Dec 15

It’s time to think differently on how we protect people and property from flooding.


Floods reaction: Will McBain, Arup

8 Dec 15

The victims of the 2015 Cumbria floods should not be abandoned to their fates, particularly when there is a growing body of evidence that we are all culpable