Property flood resilience surveys in Campbeltown, Scotland

Location: Campbeltown, Scotland                                                Client: Argyll and Bute Council

We have supported Argyll and Bute Council with the uptake of Property Flood Resilience measures in Campbeltown as part of a wider flood alleviation scheme.

Challenge

Campbeltown has been identified as an area susceptible to fluvial and coastal flooding. The proposed Flood Protection Scheme (FPS) plans to include a flood storage area within the Millknowe Burn and culvert upgrades along Dalaruan Street, which aims to reduce the frequency, extent and depth of fluvial flooding. Additional surface water management options have also been investigated to reduce residual risk from surface water. As well as Property Flood Resilience (PFR) measures which are considered to be a beneficial option to manage future flood risk and help reduce damage at a property level.

In 2020, we published the Property Flood Resilience – Scottish Baseline Study (an academic study for ClimateXChange) which demonstrated that 81,000 properties in Scotland may benefit from some type of PFR measure. It is currently estimated that only 1400-1500 properties are currently benefitting from PFR in Scotland.

The ClimateXChange project baseline study estimates that between 400-600 properties per year would need to be installed with PFR measures across Scotland in order to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Argyll and Bute Council identified 25 properties, both commercial and residential, to be included for PFR measures under the Campbeltown FPS, which will help contribute to achieving this goal.

Solution

Two of our PFR teams travelled to Campbeltown to undertake the property flood risk surveys over two days in March 2021. The teams spoke with residents about their experiences with flooding and surveyed the full perimeter of buildings in order to identify a range of appropriate and property-specific measures to help limit water entering property. This included PFR measures such as barriers on windows and doors; the use of non-return valves to prevent backing-up of floodwaters; automatically closing airbricks; and small pump systems.

Upon return to the office, the team created bespoke flood risk reports for each individual property owner. These described a range of recommendations for PFR measures that could help reduce the likelihood and impact of internal flooding at the property, together with advice for property owners on how to prepare for a flood event.

Once the Council’s appointed installation contractor has designed, installed and confirmed that their works have been completed and are fit for purpose, we will return to Campbeltown to carry out Post Installation Audits (PIA) and reports for each property.

Benefit

The audit process provides a robust and impartial validation of the works completed at the property compared to the initial survey findings. Surveyors carefully inspect each installed measure, ensuring that they are suitable for both the nature of flooding experienced at the property and the occupants themselves. Surveyors also identify any issues that might need to be resolved by the appointed contractor. The reports can then be shared with property insurers as evidence of the works completed to mitigate flood risk.

Want to know more?

For more information about this project contact Shelley Evans, or for further details about PFR measures visit our Property Flood Resilience page.



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