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Flood Risk and Prevention Conference

Wednesday, 26th January 2022 0800hrs – 1630hrs

The UK is set to deliver 2,000 new flood defences, investing billions of pounds to protect over 5 million homes and properties from flooding – and this conference will highlight the opportunities for your business in the sector.

The government has plans to invest in a new flood and coastal defence programme in England that will deliver around 2,000 new defence schemes. The programme is set to receive £5.2 billion in funding over the next 6 years which will protect 336,000 properties by 2027 to better prepare communities for the effect of climate change. According to Climate Central, rising sea levels could render parts of North Wales and East England underwater in 30 years, with miles of railways, property, and farmland at risk. Western seaside communities such as Blackpool and Southport are also among the areas that could be underwater by 2050. A map produced by Coastal Central outlined how we could potentially see many parts of Liverpool and Wirral below the annual flood level by 2030.

In addition, the Environment Agency estimates that 5.2m properties in the UK are currently at risk of flooding, with the potential for that number to double in the next 50 years. In July 2021, the environmental regulator announced it will spend £860m on schemes in 2022. From innovative ways to unlock development via drainage, nature friendly solutions and developer partnerships, this conference will explore how the built environment ecosystem are collaborating to deliver multimillion pound projects while also mitigating the challenges presented by climate change.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Flood and Coastal Erosion Investment Plan
  • £25m Cardiff Coastal Protection Scheme
  • £88m Hawick Flood Protection Scheme
  • Bristol Avon Flood Strategy
  • £54.7m Preston & South Ribble £54m Flood Scheme
  • £150m Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme
  • National Highways Natural Flood Management Pilot
  • River Wye & Lugg Natural Flood Management Project
  • £860m flood defence schemes in 2021-2022
  • £501m River Thames Scheme
  • WireWall Sea Defence Project
  • Wyre NFM Investment Readiness Project
  • £100m Boston Barrier Tidal Flood Defence Scheme
  • £590m Mostyn Tidal Lagoon
  • £112m Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme
  • £54.7m Preston and South Ribble £54 Million Flood Scheme
  • And much more…

Speakers for this event include:

08:00-09:10 Doors Open & Networking
09:10-09:15 Conference Welcome

Our Conference Host will kickstart the event with an opening introduction to the conversations to come.

Built Environment Networking; Phil Laycock, Director

09:15-09:30 Keynote Speakers

Rachael Maskell MP, Chair of the APPG for Flood Prevention joins us to share her thoughts on the growing risk of floods and how we can better prepare for water-based natural disasters on a national scale.

APPG for Flood Prevention; Rachael Maskell MP, Chair

09:35-10:30 Session One: Addressing the Evolving Challenges Around Flooding and Climate Change

This opening panel discussion will discuss the huge challenges facing the UK in terms of flooding – delving into the latest insight and opportunities to tackling water-based natural disasters.  

Chair: (Available to Sponsor)

Environment Agency; Julie Foley, Director Flood Risk Strategy & National Adaptation

Royal Town Planning Institute; Richard Blyth, Head of Policy Practice & Research

National Flood Forum; Sanjay Johal, Community Engagement Manager

APPG for Flood Prevention; Rachael Maskell MP, Chair

CIWEM; Terry Fuller, Chief Executive

10:30-10:45 Interview with Rachael Maskell (Part 1)

APPG for Flood Prevention; Rachael Maskell MP, Chair

10:45-11:00 Break & Networking

Enjoy some networking time with those also attending the conference and visit the exhibitors. You’ll have the ability to video chat in our networking lounge with attendees, or visit the exhibition booths.

11:00-12:15 Session Two: Showcasing Major Flood Prevention and Defence Projects; Sponsored by BDB Pitmans

There has been a major push by local authorities and government to invest more heavily into flood defences. This session will highlight some of the ongoing and future projects, highlighting potential procurement opportunities, best practice and future schemes.

Chair: BDB Pitmans; Sarah Clark, Partner

Cardiff Council; Simon Dooley, Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Team Leader

Environment Agency; David Bedlington, Project Director

Scottish Borders Council; Conor Price, Project Director

Bristol City Council; Cllr Nicola Beech, Cabinet Member for Climate, Ecology, Waste and Energy

Hull City Council; Rachel Glossop, Flood Risk Planning Manager

12:20-12:45 Lunchtime Interview With Dan Turner, Project Manager at The Rivers Trust

We will be hearing exclusively from The Rivers Trust who are taking a data driven approach to their conservation and flood prevention work.

13:00-14:15 Session Three: Natural Flood Protection – Enhancing Development Through Nature-based Solutions

This session will feature contributions from the UK’s leading natural environment innovators, who will share insight into their natural flood defence schemes and projects – and how they will contribute to the future of the sector.

Chair: (Available to Sponsor)

Oxfordshire County Council; Cllr Pete Sudbury, Cabinet Member for Climate Change Delivery and Environment

Herefordshire Council; Bethany Lewis, Natural Flood Management Project Officer

National Highways; Mike Whitehead, Environment Team Leader (South East)

Environment Agency; Jon Hollis, Natural Flood Programme Manager

The Wildlife Trusts; Ali Morse, Water Policy Manager

14:15-14:30 Interview with Rachael Maskell (Part 2)

APPG for Flood Prevention; Rachael Maskell MP, Chair

14:30-14:45 Break & Networking

Enjoy some networking time with those also attending the conference and visit the exhibitors. You’ll have the ability to video chat in our networking lounge with attendees, or visit the exhibition booths.

14:45-15:00 Best Practice Presentation: National Oceanography Centre

We are joined by coastal oceanographer, Jennifer Brown as she shares insight into the NOC’s WireWall project. An innovative and cost-effective system aimed at optimising sea defence design and early warning processes along coastal communities.

National Oceanography Centre; Dr Jennifer Brown, Coastal Oceanographer

15:00-15:15 Break & Networking

Enjoy some networking time with those also attending the conference and visit the exhibitors. You’ll have the ability to video chat in our networking lounge with attendees, or visit the exhibition booths.

15:15-16:30 Session Four: The Future of the Flood Sector – Innovative Solutions to Preventing and Protecting

This session will be together some of those at the forefront of defining the future of flood prevention, looking at how technology and innovative solutions are being and can be incorporated to build safer and more sustainable communities.

Chair: (Available to Sponsor)

Flood Innovation Centre; Pip Betts, Project Manager

Lancashire County Council; Cllr Shaun Turner, County Councillor

Environment Agency; Adam Robinson, Project Director

Leeds City Council; Cllr Helen Hayden, Executive member for Infrastructure and Climate

Mostyn SeaPower Ltd; Derek Kent, Project Director

16:30-16:45 Conference Summary and Close

We’re set to have a number of expert speakers who’re influential in the sector speaking at this event. They include:

Cardiff Council – Simon Dooley, Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Team Leader (River Rhymney Flood Alleviation Scheme)

River Rhymney is set for a £25m coastal protection scheme that will manage flood risk to just under 1,200 properties in the southeast of Cardiff. The new flood defence, which could be ready by 2023, will also prevent material from Lamby Way landfill site eroding into the sea and protect key road infrastructure, a supermarket, and the Rover Way Travellers site for the next 100 years.

Environment Agency – Julie Foley, Director of Flood Risk Strategy and National Adaptation

Following the Environment Agency’s successful delivery of the government’s previous £2.6bn investment between 2015 and 2021, more than £860m will be spent in 2021-22 alone to support 1,000 schemes across England as a part of the Environment Agency’s annual capital programme. The new Flood and Coastal Erosion Investment Plan, published in summer 2021, outlines new flood and coastal scheme that will better protect 336,000 properties by 2027, helping to avoid £32bn in wider economic damages and reducing national flood risk by up to 11%.

Environment Agency – David Bedlington, Project Director (River Thames Scheme)

The River Thames Scheme is set to reduce flood risk to communities in Surrey and South West London. Set to cost £501m to deliver, the flood alleviation project will better protect 11,000 homes and 1,600 businesses by reducing flood risk. In addition to this, the scheme will also contribute to developing the local economy, enhance the social and environmental value of the river, create new green spaces and areas for recreation such as fishing, cycling, and boating.

Flood Innovation Centre – Pip Betts, Project Manager

Recognising the need for an innovation centre targeted specifically at enhancing the resilience of the people, property and businesses of the Humber, the £3.4m Flood Innovation Centre was developed to stimulate flood innovation amongst regional SMEs. Since its creation, the centre has expanded to helping businesses across the UK, bringing together industry experts, high-level academic research and cutting-edge technology to enable businesses to evolve their way of operating and to help our communities become better prepared for rising flood risks.

Scottish Borders Council – Conor Price, Project Director (Hawick Flood Prevention Scheme)

The Hawick Flood Protection Scheme is one of the largest flood defence projects ever carried out in Scotland. A combined £88m has been invested into the project from the Scottish Government, Scottish Borders Council and various other regional stakeholders. Conor joins us to share his expert opinions on how the UK must combat climate change, as well as the importance of natural flood management and further insight into the Hawick project and the impact it will have on the wider region.

National Oceanography Centre – Dr Jennifer Brown, Coastal Oceanographer

Jennifer is a coastal oceanographer within the Marine Physics and Ocean Climate group & Coastal Ocean Processes sub group. She is currently working on a number of projects designed to innovate coastal flood management, a notable example of her work is the NOC’s WireWall project. Wirewall is an innovative and cost-effective system to help optimise sea defence design and early warning processes, reducing construction costs and providing protection for coastal communities.

Royal Town Planning Institute – Richard Blyth, Head of Policy Practice and Research

The Royal Town Planning Institute supports the power of planning in order to create vibrant communities. Using expertise and research, they bring evidence and thought leadership to shape planning policies. They also set the standards of planning education and professional behaviour to give planners the ability to meet complex socio-economic and environmental issues. Richard joins us to offer the RTPI perspective on how to protect our communities from the effects of flooding.

Bristol City Council – Cllr Nicola Beech, Cabinet Member for Climate, Ecology, Waste and Energy

Bristol City Council are working with the Environment Agency to reduce the risk of flooding from the River Avon to Bristol and neighbouring communities. There are approximately 1,100 properties near the city centre and a further 200 properties in nearby communities that are at risk of a severe river or tidal flood. A new proposal from the council would potentially see new flood defences created or the level of existing defences raised along the lower-lying sections of the River Avon. The Wessex Regional Flood and Coastal Committee approved the council’s request for £1.75m of Local Levy funding to develop the Outline Business Case for the Bristol Avon Flood Strategy.

Environment Agency – Jon Hollis, Natural Flood Programme Manager

Since 2017, the Environment Agency has piloted 60 pilot projects across England as a part of a £15m programme aimed at using nature-based solutions to manage the risk of flooding and coastal erosion. Under the pilot projects, over 4,500 NFM measures have been installed across England, with some projects continuing installations with funding from other sources. The main achievements to date include slowing and storing water upstream of 15,000 homes in areas at risk of flooding, attracting £6m of funding contributions and improving 610 kilometres of river, 4,000 hectares of habitat and planting 100 hectares of woodland.

 

Leeds City Council – Cllr Helen Hayden, Executive Member for Infrastructure and Climate

Leeds City Council have been working with the Environment Agency on a major scheme to reduce the risk of flooding in Leeds. The first phase of the £112m scheme was completed in 2012, better protecting more than 3,500 homes, 500 commercial city centre properties and critical access routes to Leeds train station. Phase two is set to cost around £87m to complete and will give protection to three key areas in the city region including Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, Kirkstall Abbey and Kirkstall Meadows. Cllr Helen Hayden joins us to discuss what the scheme means for the local economy and the region’s at-risk communities.

The Rivers Trust – Daniel Turner, Project Manager

Dan is leading on the Wyre NFM Investment Readiness project, which is an innovative, first of its kind, project attracting green and social investment to help fund a catchment-scale NFM Project. Initial modelling of the River Wyre catchment has shown that the development of approximately 70 hectares of NFM features could reduce the frequency of flooding for up to 120 properties. These developments also hold the potential to deliver large financial savings to multiple beneficiaries including the water company, Environment Agency, local authorities, insurance industry, locally based businesses and of course, homeowners.

APPG for Flood Prevention – Rachael Maskell MP, Chair

Rachael is the Member of Parliament for York Central and the Shadow Minister for Charities. She has also served as Shadow Defence Minister and as Shadow Rail Minister; also serving in the Shadow Cabinet as the Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment and as the Secretary of State for Employment Rights. Rachael is a passionate MP who works hard for her constituents and is currently the Chair of the APPG for Flood Prevention.

Oxfordshire County Council – Cllr Pete Sudbury, Cabinet Member for Climate Change Delivery and Environment

The Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme is the largest natural flood management project and one of biggest flood alleviation schemes in the UK. Set to cost around £150m, the scheme will reduce flood risk to homes, businesses, services and major transport routes into the city. Under the project, a new stream will be created with a wetland wildlife corridor, running through the existing floodplain to the west of Oxford. The scheme will be approximately 5km long, beginning north of Botley Road and ending south of the A423 near Kennington.

Herefordshire Council – Bethany Lewis, Natural Flood Management Project Officer

Herefordshire Council have been working in partnership with the Environment Agency, Local Flood Action Groups, local communities and other key delivery partners to deliver the River Wye and Lugg Natural Flood Management Project. The project makes up one of the 26 catchment scale projects funded by £15m of DEFRA funding to support NFM schemes. Under the scheme three floodwater-holding ponds were developed to hold up to 3 million gallons when flash flooding is at peak flow, reducing the impact felt by communities downstream.

Mostyn SeaPower Ltd – Derek Kent, Project Director

Bam Nuttall has been working  with the Port of Mostyn (Mostyn Seapower) as a Consultant for the last 3 years on the Proposed Tidal Lagoon on  River Dee. This £600m scheme would, as well as providing clean  green energy (300 GWh/year), provide a major upgrade to 6km of coastal  flood defences protecting both the mainline railway to  Holyhead and some 6 square miles of  coastal land , including a large part of the Town of Prestatyn.

A skilled and knowledgeable engineer with over 40 years experience in the construction industry, working for major contractors on all aspects of Design and Construct Contracts predominantly for  Marine works.  Recent schemes include work on two proposed Nuclear Power Stations as well as work on the Tidal Lagoon.

Hull City Council – Rachel Glossop, Flood Risk Planning Manager

As one of the most flood-prone regions in the UK, Hull has been working hard alongside the Environment Agency over recent years to reduce the effects of flooding and create more flood resilient communities. Over the last 6 years, more than £220 million has been spent on flood infrastructure in the Humber. As Hull City Council opens enquiries into it’s 2021-2027 flood risk strategy, Rachel joins us to share insight into the council’s plans to protect at-risk communities.

National Flood Forum – Sanjay Johal, Community Engagement Manager

With 1 in 6 homes in the UK at serious risk of flooding, the National Flood Forum exists to support individuals and communities at risk of water-based natural disasters. It can take up to two years for homes to dry out and be restored and during this time, many families live in temporary accommodation. The NFF work with the government, agencies, and local authorities on issues such as flood risk insurance, property protection and recovery to ensure that the needs of flood risk communities are represented.

BDB Pitmans – Sarah Clark, Partner (Planning and Infrastructure)

Sarah specialises in infrastructure planning. She has over 10 years’ experience in advising a wide range of public and private sector clients, helping them to secure the special consents they need to successfully deliver railway, highway, energy, flood defence and other major projects.

She offers expertise in drafting legislative instruments, public inquiry work, securing compulsory purchase powers, drafting and negotiating agreements and advising generally on planning, environmental and heritage issues.

Sarah also has a keen interest in public law and regularly advises public bodies on a wide range of issues relevant to the lawful exercise of their functions. She is dual qualified in Scottish and English law and regularly speaks at conferences and seminars on current issues in her areas of expertise.

CIWEM – Terry Fuller, Chief Executive

CIWEM is the leading international royal chartered professional body dedicated to the water and environment sector, representing, and supporting a community of thousands of members and organisations in 89 countries. They aim to work towards a safer, more sustainable world by building a global community of water and environmental professionals. The institution provides an extensive range of services, leading the industry in developing technical excellence through debate, networking, high-level events, thought leadership and policy development.

Built Environment Networking – Fahmida Nisa, Online Event Manager

Nisa is a research, marketing and content specialist at Built Environment Networking. She will be hosting a number of the sessions throughout the day, running the day’s proceedings and managing the interaction between our virtual delegates and the speakers.

Lancashire County Council – Cllr Shaun Turner, County Councillor

As with communities throughout the UK, over the last few years, flooding caused by extreme rainfall has become a major issue across Lancashire. Historically, heavy rain has had a devastating impact across rural and urban areas of the county. In April 2021, working with the Environment Agency, the county council achieved planning permission for a new £54.7 million scheme directly reducing flood risk to 4,700 homes and businesses from Preston Riversway up towards the M6 and Higher Walton.

The Wildlife Trusts – Ali Morse, Water Policy Manager

The Wildlife Trusts are a federation of 46 independent wildlife conversation charities covering the whole of the UK. Wildlife Trusts are leading the way in delivering ‘Natural Flood Management’ solutions that slow the flow of water through catchments, reducing flood risk downstream. The Trusts are working closely with the Environment Agency to deliver the £15m NFM programme, including projects in London’s Crane Meadows and The Great Fen in Cambridgeshire.

National Highways – Mike Whitehead, Environment Team Leader (South East)

National Highways has awarded over £420,000 to 13 Natural Flood Management projects in partnership with the Don Catchment River Trust and the Mersey Rivers Trust. Several routes on the strategic road network due to benefit from the pilot include the M60, M62, M66, A58, A616, A628, and the B6194. The initial projects cover parts of the Litte Don, River Etherow and River Irwell catchments.

Environment Agency – Adam Robinson, Project Director (Boston Tidal Barrier)

Adam began working on the Boston Barrier in late 2014, a year on from the disastrous East Coast tidal surge, that flooded almost 800 properties and businesses. The Boston Barrier Tidal Flood Defence Scheme is a £100m project to reduce the risk of tidal flooding to 14,300 properties and businesses in Boston. The scheme has been funded by DEFRA as part of its commitments to reduce flooding nationally and is expected to be fully completed by the end of 2022.

Associate your brand with the Floods and Sustainable Environment Conference and position your brand at the forefront of one of the UK’s biggest discussions and debates about the floods sector.

Package Exhibition Stand Chair/ Speaking Opportunity Tickets VIP Backstage Access Cost (+VAT)
Conference Partner Yes Yes 15 Yes £2,750 View Details
Session Partner Yes Yes 10 Yes £1,750 View Details
Best Practice Presentation Package Yes Yes 10 Yes £1,250 View Details
Exhibitor Packages Yes 5 Yes £750 View Details

We have various partnership packages available, including packages with speaking opportunities and huge exhibition space large enough to promote your business, allowing you to address your whole target audience for maximum brand awareness and impact. Our partnership packages will put you at the forefront of the industry discussion allowing you to be there, be active and be an expert within the sector.

Conference Partner

£2,750+VAT

Become the headline partner of this conference and get mass awareness and brand visibility. This package is the ultimate – with a prime location during the event, a speaking opportunity, logo positioning on the top of the logo and your name in the event title – “Nuclear Sector Conference; Sponsored by YOUR COMPANY NAME”

  • The conference will be called the xxx Conference in association with your company name
  • Ability to help shape the conference agenda and content to bring your strategic thinking to the event
  • Option to recommend speakers
  • Inclusion with pre-conference speaker communications
  • Access to the speakers and panellists; an excellent opportunity to establish rapport and build commercially rewarding relationships
  • Prime branding for the whole conference
  • Option to do a keynote speech
  • One speaking position on one panel during the conference
  • Online exhibition space allowing you to video chat with delegates and share downloadable content such as literature
  • 15 online delegate passes for your team or guests
  • Digital media branding: your logo will appear prominently on the website, marketing emails, social media etc
  • Master of Ceremonies “thank you” in the opening and closing speeches
  • Social media – pre, during and post-conference activity
  • Inclusion with all PR and outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to video of the conference after the event

Session Partner

£1,750+VAT

The role of the session partner provides an opportunity for you to participate in one of the sessions to build brand awareness, loyalty and trust amongst hundreds of civic and business leaders from across the industry. You’ll be seen to be a thought leader within your area of expertise and showcase your company in front of key decision-makers from across the industry. Benefits include:

  • Ability to help shape the session agenda and content to bring your strategic thinking to the event
  • Option to recommend speakers for the session
  • Inclusion with pre-conference speaker communications
  • Access to the speakers and panellists; an excellent opportunity to establish rapport and build commercially rewarding relationships
  • Branding for the whole conference and your session
  • One speaking position on your panel
  • Option to do a five minute introduction to your panel or thought leaders presentation
  • Online exhibition space allowing you to video chat with delegates and share downloadable content such as literature
  • 10 online delegate passes for your team or guests
  • Digital media branding: your logo will appear prominently on the website, marketing emails, social media etc
  • Master of Ceremonies “thank you” in the opening and closing speeches
  • Social media – pre, during and post-conference activity
  • Inclusion with all PR and outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to video of the conference after the event

Best Practice Presentation Package

£1,250+VAT

During the breaks delegates are able to speed network and visit the exhibitors – but with this package you can also give them the option of coming to see your company deliver a 15-minute thought leadership presentation, enabling you to play a key role in the conference. Build brand awareness, loyalty, trust and new business leads amongst numerous civic and business leaders from across the industry. Benefits include:

  • Ability to deliver a 15-minute presentation during one of the break periods
  • Access to the VIP Room – a green room for speakers, VIP guests and sponsors
  • Branding across the rest of the conference
  • Online exhibition space allowing you to video chat with delegates and share content
  • 10 online delegate passes for your team and/or guests
  • Digital media branding: your logo will appear prominently on the website, marketing emails, social media, etc
  • Master of Ceremonies ‘thank you’ in the opening and closing speeches
  • Social media – pre, during and post-conference activity
  • Inclusion in any PR and outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to video of the conference after the event

Exhibitor Package

£750+VAT

If you’re looking for access to the event and a space to meet online delegates and chat with them – then our exhibitor package is perfect. Some people can be reluctant to approach exhibition stands – but online it’s different and you’ll be inundated with enquiries and questions about your brand. Benefits include:

  • Online exhibition space allowing you to video chat with delegates and share downloadable content such as literature
  • 5 online delegate passes for your team or guests
  • Digital media branding: your logo will appear prominently on the website, marketing emails, social media etc
  • Master of Ceremonies “thank you” in the opening and closing speeches
  • Social media – pre, during and post-conference activity
  • Inclusion with all PR and outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to video of the conference after the event

Become a Partner

If you’re interested in any of the packages above or if you’re interested in finding out additional information then contact us on:

0113 390 4700

opportunities@built-environment-networking.com

Our online conferences will merge our face-to-face conferences with a virtual platform – providing networking opportunities, exceptional panel discussions and debates, speaker presentations and an exhibition hall.

Here’s a little video highlighting what to expect

And here’s a bit more information of key areas of our online events…

You’ll receive unique log-in details to join our online event via computer or phone – and you’ll be greeted with an easy navigation tool. You’ll be able to navigate to:

Main Stage

Where our ‘Programme’ will take place with excellent speakers and content. You’ll be able to get involved, asking questions and taking part in live polls.

Networking Area

Just like a real conference you’ll be able to meet and connect with new people in our forum. You can directly request to chat with someone or you can enter our ‘speed networking’ area to meet numerous new people within the industry. Get your elevator pitch ready!

Sponsor / Exhibitor Area

Meet our partners and sponsors – view what they’re all about, video chat with them and download their literature and product information.

Tickets

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Details

Date:
Wednesday, 26th January 2022

Time:
0800hrs – 1630hrs

Venue

Online – Hopin


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