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Flood Protection - Saltwell Crematorium


Gateshead Council, Construction Department


January 2013


The crematorium is located on the lower slopes of Gateshead Fell within Saltwell Park in the metropolitan borough of Gateshead in Tyne and Wear. It had recently suffered serious flooding caused by surface run-off from streets and adjacent parkland. The recent exceptional rainfalls exacerbated the situation and existing drainage systems were overwhelmed. Over 300mm of floodwater entered the building through the bottom of main entrance sliding doors.

As an extension was being built to the rear of the building and additional drainage to roadways was being installed, Gateshead Council sought to incorporate additional flood mitigation measures and requested a survey by UKFB.


All doors were secured at night by roller shutters which had substantial framing fixed to the brickwork; the brief was to provide unobtrusive fixings for the flood barriers with the least visual impact. Both entrance doors had to allow for wheeled access and provide no trip hazards. Barriers had to be able to be deployed quickly and efficiently even during services if necessary. With these requirements in mind, the Flood Angel® Flood Defender™ Barrier was specified for the project.

Two type D Defender Barriers with rails were installed to the main entrances and a third to protect the service door to the crematorium towards the rear of the building. The main doors had rails neatly fitted inside the door reveals whilst the service door had face fixed rails which were located to the outside of the shutter door framework.


The installation had to be carried out when the Crematorium was closed over a weekend period; UKFB liaised with the Council to agree on a suitable time for the work to be done. The Council were pleased with the initial survey and completed installation and how unobtrusive the rails looked especially on the main entrance.

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