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UK Flood Barriers experiences significant growth worldwide

Following our recent passive flood defence system installation in Cockermouth, Cumbria, we are now in the process of securing a number of high profile contracts on a global scale. With projects due to begin in Mexico, France, Malaysia and USA imminently, 2013 is set to be a busy year!

Flooding is a global issue that can affect anyone. In recent months, incidences in central Europe, Canada and India have claimed hundreds of lives and caused significant damage to the economy and environment. On a larger scale, catastrophes such as the Tohuku tsunami in Japan in 2011 exposed the world to the shattering consequences of flooding to communities following the nuclear crisis at the Fukishima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. These events highlight the necessity to implement effective, sustainable flood defence systems that will protect individuals and communities from the devastating impact of flooding.

Earlier this month, we welcomed representatives from the Malaysian government to our head office, click here to read more. As a direct result of this visit the passive flood defence system will now be used on at least two initial projects on rivers in both the north and south of the country, as part of its ‘River of Life’ project to improve storm water management in Kuala Lumpur. Several kilometres of the solution will be installed to protect vital communities across these rivers.

UKFB are also now working with EDF Energy in France as part of a six year protection project totalling 10 billion euros to protect its nuclear facilities. As part of this project we are shortly to commence extensive seismic testing to install the passive flood defence system to protect EDF’s nuclear power stations across France, to mitigate any risk of a similar incident to that at Fukushima in 2011.

In Mexico, work is about to start on a project with Monterrey Galerais, a major shopping mall north of Mexico in Nuevo Leon, which houses the largest luxury retail store in the country. The project will deliver protection to its underground car park entrances and service areas, with a total of six barriers providing passive protection only as required.


Monterrey Galerais, a major shopping mall in north of Mexico,

6 x SCFB™ - linear 37m will be installed protecting underground car park entrances and service areas

Most recently we are now also working with authorities in New York, USA to potentially install 63m of the passive flood defence system to protect the main entrance of the newly constructed 800,000 sq. ft. Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion, part of the NYU Langone Medical Centre. This project is in response to the significant economic and personal damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and will not only protect the main entrance but provide essential vehicle and pedestrian access. This week we are in New York to see the project and discuss designs with the architects – watch this space for more news!


Kimmel Pavilion where 1 x passive flood defence system 63m x 2m will be installed at the main entrance

Back in the UK  and looking to the future we are scheduled to install an passive flood defence system at Bond Street Station’s main ticket foyer, part of Crossrail’s travel link proposal due to commence in 2015. We are also in discussions over a nuclear plant protection scheme in Scotland, and various projects in India, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Romania, Oman, Canada, Spain, Trinidad and Ireland.

Our CEO, Frank Kelly commented: “Flooding is a global issue that is not going to go away anytime in the future, and climate change experts predict it is likely to increase in many communities. Following our installation of the passive flood defence system in Cockermouth in Cumbria, a government-specified project, we have seen an explosion in interest from businesses, governments and communities across the globe. We look forward to the next steps of these projects, agreeing timings and specifics, so we can plan for installation in the near future. Many people assume flooding is inevitable, and we are passionate about raising awareness across the world that there are products out there, and steps you can take to ensure this act of weather does not destroy lives, communities and economies.”

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