Substation Flood Defence
Protecting Critical Assets from Flooding
Protecting utility sites with permanently installed flood defences is held at the highest importance at both government and utility sector level. A high number of these sites are built in areas with flood risk and lessons have been learned from the past. Flooding in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire in 2007 almost resulted in a loss of power to 250,000 homes and left 350,000 people without access to water for several days. The response of the emergency services in such a crisis is heroic and limits its impact. However the need for such intervention is avoidable if suitable defences are installed to protect the assets.
MME have extensive experience installing flood defences on utility assets. Our design knowledge and capability means we can add value before a project has even begun.
The type of flood defences used depends on a variety of factors, such as flood height, site surroundings and client policies or preferences.
Constructing a large flood wall around the utility building and compound is one option. In this instance fabricated flood gates are installed to allow for pedestrian and vehicular access. These products are designed to meet the exact needs of the site, signed off by a chartered engineering and manufactured to the same height as the flood wall to provide a complete flood defence to the utility site.
In situations where a flood wall is not suitable MME can provide property-level flood protection to the site. The scope of this work depends upon the specific items are at risk. The products used in this instance typically are wall protection – the flood-proof membrane we specify is an instant set, fully bonded, rapid curing waterproofing system – and flood defence products such as flood doors and flood cabinets.
To ensure the customer has complete confidence in our products we offer on-site flood testing in line with PAS 1188:2014 on all our products.
We’ve worked in partnership with a wide range of UK-based and multi-national civil engineering firms on utility flood defence projects. Our health, safety, quality and environmental policies and procedures are of the highest standard to meet the exacting requirements of working on high-risk and nationally critical infrastructure.
Fire Flood DoorsClient: Waste Facility
MME were commissioned by a new customer to design a fire and flood door needed for a unique and challeging problem.
Flood Gate TestingClient: Distribution Network Operator
MME have recently carried out a number of successful on site flood gate tests to the full span and height of our installed products
Substation Flood DefenceUtility flood defence specialists
MME have installed defences on utility sites all over the country. Our products have been tested on-site and provide the highest level of protection.
Oil Bund GatesClient: Civil Engineer
A civil engineering firm required the supply and install of a 4m wide double leaf bund containment gate to be fitted within the bund wall of oil tank at a refinery.
Tidal Flood Defence SchemeClient: Interserve
MMEngineering were awarded a flood-glazing and flood gate contract as part of the £3.8m Tidal Defence Scheme on the southern side of the Teign Estuary.