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R&D Centre for Scientific Excellence, Hull





day installation


In December 2013, severe flooding from the Humber Estuary resulted in the north east of England experiencing the areas worst flooding in over 60 years. It caused enormous damage to commercial and residential buildings in the surrounding areas.

A new R&D Centre for Scientific Excellence in Hull (Project Wren) has been created by Reckitt Benckiser. The brand new centre is located near both the River Hull and the Humber, and has been designed to withstand any future flooding with a surrounding reinforced concrete bund wall built around the storage building.


M W Group, the main contractors for the project, appointed UK Flood Barriers to provide a semi-passive solution, which allowed easy access to the building but also provided flood protection.

UK Flood Barriers specified an OMO (One Man Operational) Flood Gate as the most viable solution. The OMO Flood Gate is horizontally swinging and easy to install, maintain and operate.

The gate installed at the R&D centre is 2.4m wide, with a protection height of 680mm.

Due to the pace of the project, UKFB was tasked with liaising very closely with the main contractors regarding the design of the aperture for the gate, so that progress could continue with other areas of the project.

The gate was designed as a retro-fit solution, to fix to the reinforced concrete wall which was built whilst the gate was in manufacture.

UKFB and M W Group worked very closely together meaning that when the UKFB install team arrived on site, the gate fitted perfectly with no snagging, resulting in a fast, one-day install.

The brand new adjustable hinges and locks aided in positioning the gate in its optimal position, with perfect sealing.

The excellent planning and coordination between M W and UK Flood Barriers made the whole project run smoothly.



Ready to begin installation


A fast, one-day install of the OMO Flood Gate

iso 14001

ISO 14001:2015

ISO 9001

ISO 9001:2008

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Kitemark Certified Survey & Installation

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Chas Accredited

Guarantee Protection through GGFI

Guarantee Protection through GGFI


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Pre-qualified construction services

UK Flood Partnership
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