Flood defence: electricity distribution client, southern region


  • Utility providers must protect their critical infrastructure from flooding, following a government directive in 2008
  • A sound and cost effective strategy was needed to fully assess flood risk levels and implement a robust defence infrastructure.


  • Cluttons developed a regional strategy to assess site specific risk and standardised a palette of economic, tried and tested construction responses for each risk element
  • New technologies, materials and construction techniques were required to overcome difficult site circumstances
  • Cluttons developed designs to construct new buildings on stilts in risk areas with a secondary benefit of enhancing equipment cabling operations.


  • Cluttons pioneered the risk strategy and construction technology required to deliver successful flood defence projects across the entire southern distribution infrastructure
  • The majority of critical infrastructure sites are now defended across the portfolio, and the remaining sites are scheduled to be protected over the next 3 years.

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Ian Paton

Partner, building surveying

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Ian Paton