The Lakeside Inn is a popular public house and restaurant located in a rural setting between Gateshead and the North East of England. The cellars of the Inn had previously flooded in 2004 affecting the electrics, much later in June 2012 the Inn was forced to close for several months following severe flooding in what is now known in the North East as ‘Thunder Thursday,’. Flooding was caused from the nearby Monkton Burn which runs to the back of the property, across a grassed and landscaped children’s play area.
Some landscaping work had been carried out to the burn over the years and non return valves fitted to drain runs but surface water combined with fluvial flooding and run-off from waterlogged fields caused flood damage to all parts of interior of the building. The owners sought advice from their builders as to how to reduce the possibility of future flooding and required the work to be carried out if possible during the post-flood refurbishment.