It wasn’t until 2011 that the plans for Perran Foundry finally started to come to fruition. David Ball Construction Ltd, the contractors in charge, contacted UKFB to enquire about flood defence solutions. Once an initial survey had taken place, a number of issues came to light that had to be taken into consideration when specifying a flood defence solution.
It was decided that the first generation passive flood defence system would be the most suitable solution for this project. Installed underground, the passive barrier would rise whenever flood water enters into the foundry.
In order to install the barrier, preparation needed to be taken due to previous issues unveiled. The primary issue identified was the ground conditions – high ground water levels and poor soil strength could potentially lead to the stone gable end becoming unstable. To overcome this challenge, UKFB International worked closely with a specialist ground work contractor who designed the foundations of the development in order to support the flood defence system.