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Project of the month – passive flood barrier installed at Housing Association

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Design – Manufacture – Install

This month our installation teams have been in Newcastle installing three passive flood defence system Midi barriers to offer 24/7 flood protection to ISOS Housing Group HQ.

ISOS Housing Group are responsible for the day to day management of over 12,000 homes across the north east. As a not-for-profit organisation, ISOS invest a lot of time and money back into improving service to customers, with this it is important the office is always running efficiently.

When flooding hit back in the summer of 2012, ISOS head office in Gosforth was inundated with calls from residents affected by the floods, whilst having to cope with the affects of flooding themselves. Built close to a stream, the office block suffered from surface water flood water running into the building and leaving the car park up to a foot deep with filthy flood waters.

Working together with Surgo Construction, UKFB specified three passive flood defence system Midi barriers to be installed to various exit points around the building; this included the main entrance and two fire exits. These passive solutions were installed to provide 24/7 flood protection to the building, this was necessary in the event of a flood situation taking place during the evening or weekend when the office would potentially be unmanned.

Installed underground, the barriers only rise when activated by oncoming flood waters and when not in use the barrier stays underground allowing pedestrian access. This project took two weeks to complete.

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