A key section of an Environment Agency (EA) and local authority partnership funded flood defence scheme has recently been completed in Cockermouth, Cumbria. The scheme, afforded planning consent in early 2012 by Allerdale Borough Council, encompassed a number of flood protection solutions to protect homes and businesses from flooding. UKFB’s unique passive flood defence system was specified for a key section of the scheme along Rubby Banks Road to mitigate the risk of flooding to the local community.
Cockermouth has been victim to some of the most voracious flooding events in recent history, most memorably in 2009 when the Rivers Derwent and Cocker both broke their banks after a record 314mm (12.3 inches) of rainwater fell in just 24 hours.
Water levels subsequently rose 2.5 metres and river flow reached 10 m/s, resulting in total damages of £276.5 million, with £129m of this to businesses and the local economy.
The area situated by the River Cocker is designated as a site of special scientific interest (SSSI). The Environment Agency and local residents were looking for not only a cost effective solution, but also one that would not adversely affect the unique landscape. Cockermouth holds much heritage value as a beautiful market town and it was vital to the scheme that this was maintained