Argyll Environmental, the Brighton-based environmental risk management consultancy, is hosting a free talk on ‘designing and planning for flood risk’, which provides architects and developers guidance on the key principles of designing flood resilience into new or redeveloped properties.
The talk is being delivered at 4pm on 23rd January at Argyll’s head office in Brighton, alongside guest speaker Ed Barsley. Ed is a renowned specialist in environmental design in architecture, with a particular interest on developing strategies to reduce flood risk and increase resilience.
Ed, who is founder of the award-winning The Environmental Design Studio, will discuss the various types of flooding that can occur and will explain the range of tools and techniques available for understanding flood risk contexts. Strategies for adaptation and resilience will also be discussed at catchment, community and building scale in relation to both new and existing buildings.
Environmental Consultant, Stephanie Kerr, will also discuss the various types of Flood Risk Assessments that are available to architects and developers, in order to assess risk levels at any given location.
Stephanie Kerr: “The importance of designing for flood shouldn’t be underestimated, particularly given recent reports from The Met Office and Environment Agency, whose climate projections are showing an increase in rainfall and sea levels in the future. Incorporating flood risk and resilience into the design process should be considered first and foremost as part of any planning application, particularly early on in the process.
“We are delighted to be hosting the free talk for architects and developers from the region, who wish to find out more about designing and planning for flood risk, so they can explore the techniques for determining flood risk contexts, as well as resistance and resilience strategies. Everyone is welcome to attend and there will be drinks and networking after the event.”
The session will also discuss the various types of flooding that can occur and explains the range of tools and techniques available for understanding flood risk contexts. Strategies for adaptation and resilience are discussed at catchment, community and building scale in relation to both new and existing buildings. Using case studies and worked examples, Ed will also explain how these techniques may be effectively applied.
For more information on the seminar, or to book a place visit www.eventbrite.com
Ed Barsley is Founder and Director of ‘The Environmental Design Studio’ (TEDS)(www.t-e-d-s.com), an award-winning design-research led practice. In 2016 his practice won the Sunday Times ‘Resilient Home’ design competition, with the ‘Home For All Seasons’. Ed speaks regularly at flooding conferences and events worldwide, runs the RIBA’s seminar series on flooding and is releasing a book entitled, ‘Retrofitting for Flood Resilience: A Guide to Building & Community Design’. In parallel to his practice Ed has been involved with a number of research council funded studies on flooding including his PhD at the University of Cambridge on flood resilient architecture and the communication of risk.
Stephanie Kerr joined Argyll Environmental in 2017. Steph previously worked in the Property and Infrastructure sector, where she specialised in Flood Risk Assessments and gained a detailed understanding of flood data analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Steph’s academic studies include a BSc Hons in Geography and Natural Hazard Management from the University of Chester. Steph’s focus at Argyll includes the development and evolution of our flood risk reports and services, and the management and delivery of bespoke consultancy and planning projects.
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