How adapting flood defence funding has saved businesses hundreds of millions of pounds in Sheffield, UK and attracted new investment to the area. The risks from flooding will continue to increase with global warming and our profession can help towns and cities adapt to prevent future disasters. In the Lower Don Valley LDV area in Sheffield suffered a catastrophic flood — the worst flood event since the Great Flood of , with as many as 2, properties damaged or destroyed across Sheffield. The LDV is particularly vulnerable to flooding because it is the lowest and flattest area in Sheffield. Philip Wilbourn volunteered to join a private sector-led steering group specifically formulated to develop unique solutions to mitigate the risk of flooding. The economic impact of flooding is profound.
Flooding Sheffield 2007
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Sheffield UTC offers a unique opportunity for education and business to come together and develop the skills that will be needed in the industry of the future, providing work-based learning for young people throughout the region. The combination of a remodelled historical mill building and a large new build block has created a visually striking, exemplary learning environment in the heart of Sheffield. The scheme repurposes a historic mill building to house creative media suites and provides a modern extension for the more service intensive production areas. Visual links through both areas enhance the student experience and create an open, light environment that supports the educational curriculum and provide links to the external social area. Externally the ground was sculpted to create tiered social spaces running down to the Porter Brook river and provide natural flood attenuation for the site and wider area. Their team working closely with all stakeholders, including English Heritage, helped to evolve the vision into reality.
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About homes have been flooded in Doncaster with more than 1, properties evacuated in areas hit by the rising waters, including the village of Fishlake where residents have complained about the lack of warnings. So what are the factors that have made these floods so damaging, and are they a taste of what the future might bring? Environment correspondent Matt McGrath has been looking at the likely causes of the floods along the Don. There are numerous factors at play, but in essence Fishlake has been caught in a pincer movement with two rivers, the Don and Ea Beck both bursting their banks into an area that was heavily sodden from rain over a period of weeks.