The Northumberland market town of Haltwhistle was hit by flash floods in June and July 2012 with residential area, known locally as “The Mart”, particularly badly affected.
In August 2013, floodwaters once again threatened the properties. Historically, flooding has occurred from a neighbouring blocked culvert, but recently this has been exacerbated by surface run-off from streets and fields during periods of excessive rainfall, which have subsequently overwhelmed the local drainage systems.
Northumberland County Council CC and the EA are carrying out further measures in Haltwhistle to reduce the risk of further flooding, but property level protection [PLP] was required for specific houses.
The Home Group owns 21 homes in The Mart and wished to support their tenants by investing in the latest flood mitigations measures to increase the flood resilience of the properties. Having been advised by the Environment Agency to consult the “Blue Book” of system manufacturers and suppliers, they subsequently approached UKFB for advice. Home Group were aware of recent flood mitigation work carried out by UKFB for Northumberland County Council and that we are on the official EA approved list as a manufacturer and installer. It was because of these reasons UKFB were awarded the contract.