Black & Veatch is one of the UK's leading providers of flood and coastal defence appraisal and design. Working closely with the Environment Agency of England and Wales in particular, we assess, design and deliver sustainable flood and coastal defence schemes.
We have an established track record of undertaking high level strategic management planning for flood and coastal defence and river basin management. We consider the full range of issues, including geomorphology, habitats, land uses and flood defences. The effects of long term natural changes are evaluated and monitored in relation to river and coastal environments. We routinely establish and predict the impacts associated with changing water levels and flood events. This involves multi-disciplinary studies to address concerns regarding hydrology, drainage, siltation and the wider environment.
As well as high level strategic studies, we appraise and deliver flood and coastal defence schemes to protect people and property, and also habitat and the wider environment. With sea level rise and increased storminess predicted for the UK and many other parts of the world, there is the need for informed investment decisions, both in terms of new and existing flood protection. Scheme justification involves identifying the most appropriate solution to a problem, in terms of technical viability, economic justification, environmental impacts and long-term sustainability. In doing so, we consider both hard and soft engineering solutions, including the engineering of habitats.
Black & Veatch undertake the delivery of schemes, from design through to construction supervision and contract administration. Innovative solutions to problems are developed for both large and small scale projects. We work under a variety of contracts, offering best practice and best value. Risk management is key to our approach throughout the life of our projects.