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UKFB plays a part in bringing the past into the present

Perran Foundry, Cornwall installs Passive Flood Defence System.

The foundry was founded in 1791 by the Fox family and at its peak employed over 400 people. The foundry closed down in 1879 leaving some buildings behind which were later adapted for grain milling, but in the 1980s, the gates finally shut for good…until now.

Recognised as one of the most important industrial sites of its period and Grade II listing, Perran Foundry is being transformed into a unique blend of riverside apartments and cottages in keeping with the original character and spirit of the site.

Contractors, David Ball Construction were in charge of the project and specified the passive flood defence system, to be installed during the foundation stages to offer automatic flood protection from a nearby river in the event of flooding. The system was installed underground protecting the car park entrance. Once activated, the system would rise acting as a barrier between the flood water and the buildings.

UKFB thrive on different and unique projects and were excited to be part of this regeneration project.

 Tom Jarratt, Construction Director at UKFB, oversaw the installation and commented;

"UKFB was able to help David Ball Construction with this interesting regeneration of an historic mill into high quality homes. The project had a number of complex issues but UKFB worked together with a specialist contractor to provide a solution which protected the historic buildings and dealt with the difficult ground conditions.” 

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The passive flood defence system has now been installed and Perran Foundry is expected to be completed soon.

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