Press Release

Balfour Beatty publishes paper on driving efficiencies in flood and coastal risk management

24 January 2017


Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has published its paper “Ten Steps to efficiency in Flood and Coastal Risk Management” which draws on Balfour Beatty’s broad experience of protecting the UK’s coastlines and floodplains.

The paper outlines ten points that could enable commissioning authorities, government and the infrastructure industry to achieve efficiencies in delivering and maintaining flood defences, without compromising on quality or safety. These range from undertaking schemes simultaneously enabling resources to be shared, through to improving procurement processes such as employing collaborative framework agreements, like those offered by Scape Group.

The company has delivered more than 75 coastal protection and flood defence projects worth over £500 million for clients such as local authorities and the Environment Agency. Since 2010, approximately 100,000 properties have had their risk of flooding reduced significantly due to Balfour Beatty’s work on flood prevention schemes.

Jim Hutchison, Balfour Beatty Business Development Director Flood and Coastal Risk Management, said: “Managing the cost of UK flood damage, for homeowners and businesses, will continue to be a pressing issue given the widespread changes in weather patterns with six of the seven wettest years occurring since the year 2000.

We work closely with the Environment Agency, local authorities and supply chain to ensure the effective delivery of flood protection schemes across the country. Taking a collaborative approach, early project involvement and standardising solutions can deliver significant efficiencies.

With over 20 years’ experience within the coastal protection and flood defence industry, combined with our in-depth knowledge and the use of developing technologies such as Building Information Modelling, we are able to deliver efficient schemes that can significantly reduce the risk of flooding to local communities and surrounding areas”.



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Notes to editors:

  • Balfour Beatty ( is a leading international infrastructure group. With 34,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.

  • Our main geographies are the UK, US, Middle East and South East Asia. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the world’s biggest shopping mall in Dubai, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

  • Balfour Beatty’s recent track record in UK coastal protection and flood defence works includes 75 significant projects worth over £500m for local authorities and the Environment Agency, including the £86m Rossall and Anchorsholme Scheme, the £5m River Mersey Flood Defence Scheme, the £22m Humber Flood Prevention Package and the £6m Lincshore Beach Replenishment five year scheme. Balfour Beatty is also carrying out the £1.2m Hightown Coastal Defences Phase 2 scheme for Sefton Borough Council. Recently completed work includes the £9m Lyme Regis Coast Defence scheme and the £12m Morpeth Flood Alleviation Scheme.

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