Flood and Coast 2017

Calling all Local Authorities for UK’s Largest Flood and Coastal Erosion Event

Following some of the most dramatic flood and Coastal Erosion incidents that the UK has witnessed in recent history, an intensive 3-day conference and Exhibition convened by the Environment Agency has been finalised.

The UK has undergone some of the most devastating damage from inland flooding and coastal erosion in the past three or four years and according to a recent Environment Agency report in the wake of Storm Angus – the country can expect these weather events to continue.

Clare Dinnis Deputy Director of Strategy at the Environment Agency and Chair of the conference said “No one body can provide a fully rounded response to flood risk management. Local flood authorities, the Environment Agency, other risk management authorities and our partners all have a part to play. As do the communities and businesses who face the risk. We want to bring the whole flood and coast risk management community together to hear from one another, learn from each other and share perspectives. It is only by listening to those who suffer from flooding that we can truly understand the devastating impacts that we are trying to reduce.”

The event will take place from 28-30 March at the Telford International Centre and will draw together key stakeholders from the flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCRM) community, including local authorities, over 150 senior staff from the Environment Agency, civil engineers, infrastructure owners, consultancies, utility companies, contractors, businesses, community groups, flood research consultants and universities from across the country and over 150 key speakers from across the UK and abroad.

David Wilkes of Arup global flood resilience leader and exhibitor at the event in March said “There needs to be a genuine and meaningful debate about land-use, a tolerance of flooding risk, about how the buildings and public spaces link, about roads, parks, cycle ways and footpaths and other infrastructure will work in normal times and in times of flood.” *

Flood and Coast 2017 aims to share the latest ideas and showcase up to the minute flood defence solutions to help prevent future flooding for local authorities and stakeholders. The key areas that the event will cover include; Coastal flooding and erosion – with over 1 million properties at risk from coastal flooding by 2030, Flood Alleviation and Water Management, Emergency Planning, Infrastructure and Cities, Modelling and Forecasting, Partnerships, and People and Communities.

Local Authorities

This year’s Flood and Coast will have a particular emphasis on attracting local authorities to engage with the Environment Agency and other stakeholders from throughout the country and abroad. Grant Collier Director at Flood and Coast said “last year there was a great deal of interest from local authorities wishing to learn from other stakeholders and there is much that can be learned from thought leaders in the UK and from other countries such as Holland. Flood and Coast 2017 not only has a great deal of content within the technical paid for conference but also has a series of free seminars aimed at Local Authorities in the exhibition theatre at the free-to-attend exhibition. Visitors can join either the technical conference or the exhibition and the free ‘Seminar Live’ series, but we know from last year many will opt to attend both. Passes are available for both one or three days”.

The Conference

The conference programme will involve over 150 top speakers across the three days and amongst others sessions, conference streams will include:

  • Water – Managing the extremes
  • Is your infrastructure your most important asset? What strategies can be used to protect it against flood?
  • Planning for Flood Risk
  • Community leadership on flood and coastal risk
  • Learning from international cities’ approach to flood risk
  • Under pressure – responding to a flood emergency
  • Funding for flood alleviation
  • Flood Recovery lessons learned
  • Our cities are the powerhouses of UK economic growth – are we doing enough to make them resilient to flood?
  • Delivering property level resilience
  • Community flood groups in their own words – managing local flood risk
  • Best Practice Training and Support for Lead Local Flood Authorities
  • The Future of sustainable drainage
  • Managing the risks to UK’s critical national infrastructure
  • Supply chain briefing government sector
  • Future flood forecasting systems, measures and approaches
  • Developments in Coastal Flood forecasting
  • Managing the risks to rail and road bridges from scour
  • Community flood risk planning – what can we offer people at risk and how can they get involved?
  • Strategic planning on the coast
  • Managing our FCRM Assets to enable growth
  • Working with Communities at risk – the research
  • Sustainable Coastal communities
  • Health and flooding – the latest research and how to use it
  • International perspectives on flood resilience and response
  • Natural flood alleviation in practice
  • What does the future hold for FCRM asset management?

The conference programme has been very competitively priced to appeal to local authority and government departmental budgets. One day passes for full access to the conference start at £195 and three day full access start at £387. The exhibition and exhibition theatre seminars are free to attend for all. To view the full conference programme, exhibitor list and free seminars in the exhibition theatre see www.floodandcoast.com.

Alongside the Technical Conference, a free-to-attend exhibition and a series of free seminars will also be available called the ‘Seminar Live’ series.

Some of the products and technology on display include a very effective system designed, manufactured and installed by IBS - glass flood defence systems, the first was installed in Keswick in 2011. IBS also installed the UK’s largest glass flood defence system to protect the village of Paull (near Hull) from future tidal surges and as a part of the wider Hull and Holderness Flood Alleviation Scheme, a project that is providing defences along the Humber estuary together with inland engineering works.

At Flood & Coast 2017, as well as showcasing its latest range of engineered defence products including a unique Self Activating Flood Barrier and market leading Flood Security Steel Doors, UK Flood Barriers will also be unveiling a new, state of the art Flood Gates – a must see for anyone looking for highly effective, ‘easy operation’ protection.    

UK Flood Barriers

Since last year’s Flood & Coast Hesselberg Hydro has been very busy repairing and strengthening seawalls along the Essex & Suffolk coastlines. Replacing revetments comprising individual units (concrete blocks) with continuous asphalt revetments provides the client with a robust, flexible, long-lasting protection using proven techniques. Projects have been on the rivers Blackwater, Crouch, Thames & Alde as well as along the North Sea coast. Our research & development team in the Netherlands have been involved in a multi-national project to set up tests to confirm anecdotal evidence that OSA can withstand water velocities of over 10 m/s when used to protect spillways.

ESG will also be exhibiting and is the UK’s leading provider of testing, inspection and compliance services, with comprehensive solutions in Energy & Waste, Infrastructure and the Built Environment.
Experts within environmental testing, site investigation, surveys and materials testing, will be on hand to discuss the many ways that ESG can support national targets for flood risk management and response over the coming years at Flood and Coast 2017. 

Working with primary stakeholders, designers, contractors and suppliers, ESG provides an unrivalled range of independent accredited services, including; land and marine surveys, chemical analysis of soils and water, structural investigations, concrete and earthworks testing, asbestos surveys, ground investigations, contaminated land assessments, noise and vibration monitoring and metallurgy.

Some of the 2017 exhibitors include:

Van Oord, VBA, CH2M, Flood Modeller Suite, Aecom, HR Wallingford, JT Mackley and IBS Engineered Products, Aitken and Howard, Arup, BAM Nuttall, BMT WBM, Cemex, Cleantech Business News, CIWEM, Concrete Canvas, Controlstar Systems, COWI, CPM Group, Drain Trader, Dyrhoff, Ebsford Environmental, Environment Agency, ESG, Faversham House Group, Flood Control International, Geodesign Barriers, Geoline, Geomarine, Grass Concrete, Hesco Group, Hesselberg Hydro, Institution of Civil Engineers, JBA Consulting, KGAL, Lakeside Flood Solutions, Land and Water Group, Landscope, Moore Concrete, Mott MacDonald, National Flood Forum, Ovenden Earth Moving, RAB Consultants, Raymond Brown, Salix, Shoothill, Telespazio VEGA, Tempo PCE, TMS, Total Flood Solutions, UK Flood Barriers, Valeport, Van Heck Group, WM Plant Hire, WSP Parsons Brinck.

For the full programme or further information on Flood and Coast 2017 – see our website. The event is sponsored by Van Oord, VBA, CH2M - Flood Modeller Suite, Aecom, HR Wallingford, JT Mackley and IBS Group.

Annual Flood and Coast Dinner and Networking Reception

The Flood and Coast annual awards dinner will take place on Wednesday 29 March during which the Environment Agency will present the Special Project Awards. The evening will be hosted by stand up comedian and comedy writer Dominic Holland who has appeared on Have I got News for you and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Tickets are available on our website.

A drinks reception will take place at 17.30 Hours on Tuesday 28th March which is free for all to attend.

Registration for Conference and Exhibition

Registration for both the conference and the exhibition is now open!

Mar 28 2017 to Mar 30 2017
Telford International Centre

Event Diary

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Calling all Local Authorities for UK’s Largest Flood and Coastal Erosion Event