Flood Ark

Arlington Arms, Eastbourne

Our flood barriers have demonstrated their ability to withstand real life flood scenarios for more than 15 years now. In that time, their reliability has led to us developing excellent working relationships with the Environment Agency, several large water companies and local authorities.

These ‘in partnership’ projects have varied from assisting with the refurbishment of St Boltoph’s Church in Boston following the 2013 winter tidal surge, to working with Gravesham Borough council on the installation of two flood barriers to protect the historic Three Daws pub. On both occasions, we were able to identify compromises which would deliver the necessary protection, without impacting upon the aesthetical appeal and structural integrity of the buildings in question.

Another recent example of where we have worked in partnership is the Arlington Arms in Eastbourne. On 12th August 2015, torrential rain and thunderstorms led to significant flooding across the South East of England. 60mm (2 inches) of rainfall was recorded by The Met Office between 3am and midday in Eastbourne – more than the average 51.6mm that would be expected throughout the whole month. The vast amounts of water overwhelmed local drains and resulted in the evacuation of the Arndale shopping centre and temporary suspension of trains between Eastbourne and London.

Many homes and businesses in the town centre were also impacted, including The Arlington Arms public house. Following that flood, Flood Fortress on behalf of Southern Water approached Flood Ark and subsequently asked us to install our flood barriers at the premises. The work was completed in November 2016 and the four barriers we installed span the entrances across the front of the pub – providing protection ahead of any storms we may experience in the future.