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Flood Defences

Our 40 years of experience, unrivalled equipment and extraordinary teams make us the safest pair of hands. Our commitment to our core values of waste minimisation, low-impact operations and maximum material makes us a key supplier of strategic flood- and coastal-defence projects throughout the UK.

Emergency Flood Defence Response

Emergencies require round-the-clock rapid-response services. We provide that.

To repair a failing coastal flood embankment, we move an amphibious excavator at a moment’s notice across the county.

Remember the Somerset floods in 2014? We were the first to respond, mobilising 25 machines and 60 men and women to deliver the emergency flood response.

Minor Schemes of Local Benefit

Throughout the year, across the UK we are always working on minor flood defence projects. Sometimes we are the contractor for delivery but we now help communities and clients from the very earliest stage. We develop practical, intelligent, minimum-impact solutions for the communities we defend.

Some of our projects:

Advising a Parish Council in Surrey on how to effectively engage with landowners and statutory regulators to develop a local catchment management plan.

Constructing low-level flood bunds through the suburbs of Christchurch in Dorset to protect the settlement from the flooding of the River Avon.

River widening and diversion works for a major housing scheme in Oxfordshire.

Major Capital Flood Defence Projects

Working in partnership with some of the UK’s major contractors, Land & Water’s innovation and specialist equipment have helped unlock some of the highest-profile flood defence projects in the UK.

Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton flood alleviation scheme

In 1999 we used the largest fleet of specialist inland dredging and earthmoving equipment ever seen in the UK to excavate more than 600,000m3 of material. This was to form the upper reaches of the Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton flood alleviation scheme. We also placed more than 24,000m2 of underwater scour protection blanket. And none of the spoil was moved more than three miles by road.

Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton flood alleviation scheme

Tilgate Dam, Crawley, West Sussex

A few problems here, so: As part of the Upper Mole flood-protection scheme, we won this £4.7m project with our innovative strategy to use dam-construction materials by building a wetland within the site. By extending the lake, we saved more than 6,000 lorry movements through the town.

Tilgate Dam, Crawley, West Sussex

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