BRE to develop flood-resistant property


BRE to develop flood-resistant property


BRE Innovation Park Watford accommodates some of the world’s most sustainable buildings, landscape designs and hundreds of innovative low carbon materials and technologies.

Since opening in 2005, BRE Innovation Park Watford has continued to attract thousands of visitors, which peaked a figure of 60,000 visitors last year, including royalty, prime ministers and celebrities.

The new building, designed by water engineering specialist firm Aquobex and architect Baca, will feature latest technology used for the flood resistant and resilient buildings.

BRE is striving to enable construction of the new model home on land in flood risk areas, which are not currently being developed.

The project has been granted £50,000 by the department for environment, food and rural affairs.

The developer is seeking build partners for the construction of the flood-resistant house at the BRE Innovation Park in Watford.

The building might include a surrounding tank that will allow it to be ‘flooded’ to simulate the function of systems such as barriers and rapid drainage systems.

“Resilience remains a key issue for new housing - given the recent floods and their profound impact on people’s lives, it is more important than ever to step up research in this area and develop practical solutions,” said Dr Stephen Garvin, BRE’s resilience expert.

“The proposed demonstration building at the Innovation Park will be a fantastic opportunity for developers and stakeholders to see these solutions in action.”


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