Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) recently invited key architects, specifiers, engineers, contractors and builders’ merchants to debate the UK’s water management problem on a journey to the Thames Barrier.
The event took place on-board a luxurious Elizabethan Paddle Steamer, which cruised past London’s many iconic buildings, through to the Thames Barrier and back to Westminster.
Over 100 industry leading professionals, key influencers and the media gathered to listen, network and discuss the need to take water management seriously. AWMS presented key facts on the impact of climate change, urbanisation, rising sea levels and changing weather patterns on our built environment.
AWMS Managing Director Steve Durdant-Hollamby comments: “UK flooding has catastrophic effects on homes, businesses and infrastructure, costing billions of pounds to insurers and our economy. As a market leader, it’s important we drive the debate, and lobby for engineered solutions to manage water more effectively at every stage – from rain to drain. The issue is relevant to the whole construction industry and all levels of the supply chain. It’s important we start to apply joined up thinking at the design stage.
“The event was an opportunity for AWMS to lead the debate as well as give guests an enjoyable experience. Cruising to the Thames Barrier was a significant part of the afternoon”, continues Steve. “Due to increased rainfall, the barriers are being closed more frequently every year to prevent London from flooding. Very soon we’ll need much more than this barrier to protect the Capital from water.”
AWMS, part of Alumasc Group, is the new name in the industry for integrated water management. It aims to communicate strongly the importance of engineered solutions and joined up thinking to manage water more effectively. “We can’t stop the increased rainfall or climate change”, concludes Steve. “But we can look at how we design projects and incorporate integrated water management solutions from roof to ground to help minimise the risk of flooding.”
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