Flood Ark

The Three Daws Pub, Gravesend

When it comes to protecting modern properties, the best course of action will often be obvious. In the case of historical and listed properties, it can be somewhat more of a challenge. In many instances, listed status will mean a trade-off between aesthetics and functionality – something we had to overcome when asked to assist with a project at the Three Daws Pub in Gravesend, Kent.

The pub, which dates back to the 1400s is Grade II listed and believed to be one of the oldest public houses in the country. It is reported that the building once featured seven staircases and three underground tunnels, which were designed to help sailors escape from the press gangs and smugglers plying their trade.

In January 2016 the pub experienced what was the latest in a series of flooding incidents and as a result the local authorities agreed to measures which it is hoped will stop it happening again. Those measures saw Flood Ark work in partnership with Gravesham Borough Council and our friends at Flood Fortress to develop a solution which would limit the impact of a flood on the building.

From the council’s point of view, they wanted to avoid any form of installation which would impact upon the aesthetics of a listed building. They had initially considered heavy flood gates, due to the fact that they could be removed when not in use. However, following a meeting with Planning Officer, Rebecca Harrison, it was our recommendation that an alternative solution was found as these gates could potentially cause damage to the timber frame of the building. As a consequence, following the approval of a listed building planning application, we were asked to supply and install two Flood Ark barriers as one element in a larger suit of flood protection measures.

We were delighted to be able to work closely with partners on this project, offering our experience and expertise. In the event of a flood in the future, our installation will offer the owners the time needed to draft in personnel to start in situ pumps to pump out a wet cellar and keep any damage to the building’s structure to a minimum.