Flood Ark

Kensington, United Kingdom

Kensington, United Kingdom

In 2007 torrential rain overwhelmed the drainage system of a neighbourhood in Kensington, causing flooding to many of the properties with flats accessed below street level. The historic Kensington Square, one of the oldest garden squares in London, is home to a number of grade listed properties that have housed many notable former residents over the past 300 years, leading to a no less than five blue plaques.

One such property with an English Heritage blue plaque, was severely affected by the flooding in 2007 and as part of the repairs and restoration, we installed our flood protection barriers to the basement access. Ten years later, the owners returned to us having purchased the property next door – also a blue plaque bearer! As part of a full refurbishment, we installed barriers on the neighbouring property to protect the doors of the service vaults and entrance to the basement flat.

The discreet system has proven to be suitable for a number of listed properties, and provides fast and effective protection. In areas such as this, where the age of the infrastructure is a threat rather than the burst banks of a river, rapid deployment of flood protection is crucial.