Team Van Oord fully involved in Flood & Coast 2016


Through a combination of sponsorship, exhibiting and speaking at the conference, Team Van Oord partners will be fully involved at this week’s Flood & Coast 2016 event in Telford.

Convened by the Environment Agency, Flood & Coast 2016 (23-25 Feb) will tackle the big questions and challenges in flood and coastal risk management (FCRM) delivery.

Under the theme ‘Risk, Resilience and Response in a Changing Climate’ the event will embrace the concept of a changing climate and draw on expertise and experience from within the UK, the EU and the rest of the world. The three-day programme of workshops, debate and panel sessions has been tailored to topics selected by a government and industry advisory panel.

Team Van Oord will be represented on the conference programme by Jacqui Bandy who will deliver a presentation on the multi-award winning Medmerry Managed Realignment Scheme in West Sussex; and Christopher Smith who will present the Environment Agency’s South East Asset Recovery Programme.

Jacqui Bandy’s presentation, titled ‘Medmerry managed realignment – changing the minds and coast of Sussex’, is scheduled for Wednesday 24 February at 14.30pm.

Medmerry in West Sussex is the UK’s largest open-coast managed realignment scheme. The ambitious project now protects more than 350 homes from coastal flooding and has allowed the creation of large areas of new, sheltered intertidal waters to compensate for the loss of protected wildlife habitats in the Solent.

Jacqui will use her presentation to explain how the project was truly collaborative, how the local community was engaged right from the outset, and why the approach taken at Medmerry is now considered best practice within the Environment Agency.

Jacqui will explain how Team Van Oord is still learning from the scheme through a suite of environmental and physical parameters which are being monitored for at least five years to measure its long-term impact.

In conclusion, she will outline how the uniqueness, scale and innovative ecological approaches implemented at Medmerry are influencing Environment Agency policies on the economic and environmental benefits of managing coastal flood risk through managed realignment.

Christopher Smith will present the Environment Agency’s South East Asset Recovery Programme and discuss lessons learnt from the 2013/14 winter floods. His presentation is scheduled for Wednesday 24 February at 16.00.

The destructive winter storms of 2013/2014 caused damage to more than 60 vital coastal and fluvial flood defence assets across the south-east of England which provided protection to 1,500 homes.

Christopher will use his presentation to describe how the South-East Asset Recovery Programme – comprising teams from the Environment Agency and Team Van Oord – successfully restored all assets before Autumn 2014.

He will contend that what separates this project apart is the commitment by an integrated team of experts from various fields working to be industrious, quick and creative, enhanced by the creation and implementation of new collaborative approaches and communication methods.

Detail covered within the presentation will include: an innovative streamlined scoping and preferred option selection process within 24 hours; the ability to identify suitable re-use of material to reinstate defences quickly whilst enhancing the environment; using the latest digital technology to survey many assets, an alternative proportionate and committed approach to health and safety that resulted in no incidents reported throughout and a streamlined ‘must deliver’ approach by all teams.

Flood & Coast 2016 – co-sponsored by Van Oord, Royal HaskoningDHV and Mackley – will be held at the Telford International Centre, Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 February 2016. Within the exhibition, Van Oord can be found on Stand C9, Royal Haskoning on Stand C8 and Mackley on Stand D8.

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Team Van Oord is a joint venture partnership between Van Oord, Kier Group, Mackley and Royal HaskoningDHV.

22 February 2016