Cumbria Flood Resilience Project – Case Study
RTC were pleased to be involved in an exciting new flood resilience project for Cumbria.
The projects aim is to make three properties showcases for flood resilience, in order to demonstrate to homes and business owners what can be done to reduce the devastation that flooding can cause, which is an issue to many in the region.
The project which is supported by North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) and the Environment Agency is the first of its kind in the country.
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RTC teamed up with Mary Dhonau OBE, flood resilience campaigner and chair of the PCA’s Flood Protection Group who is spearheading the project, to take part in the transformation of Botcherby Community Centre.
Botcherby Community Centre in Carlisle, was the first project to be showcased. The community centre was severely flooded on the 5th December 2015 when Storm Desmond hit and has never fully re-opened since the devastating floods.
The aim was to make the kitchen of the community centre, flood resilient and RTC carried out specialist flood resilience measures using various products from Safeguard Europe Limited to provide long term benefits for the centre and the community as a whole. Our aim was to provide a system suitable for purpose, which would enable the centre to get back to normal as quickly as possible should future flooding occur.
The first step was to apply Stormdry Masonry Protection Cream, to the external walls up to a height of 1.2m, to waterproof the brickwork and help prevent the ingress of water in the future.
We then applied Uni-Mortar 1 Joint Fill Compound around the perimeter of the floor to wall juncture. This will help waterproof one of the structures weakest points.
Internally we used two replastering systems, the first was the Dryzone Damp Resistant Plaster Flood System, which is a waterproof and salt retardant plaster which owing to its porous structure will dry down very quickly should future flooding occur.
The second system was the Dryzone Drygrip Waterproof Adhesive Express Flood System, which is a plasterboard system using a waterproof and salt retardant adhesive. The advantage of this system is that it can be replaced very quickly with minimal disturbance should future flooding occur.
The walls were then skimmed using Dryzone Hi-Lime Finishing Plaster.
Finally, we applied 2 coats of Drybase Liquid-Applied DPM to the floor. Once applied this product cures to form a waterproof membrane that is flexible and elastic.
The project received a lot of media coverage including visits from government ministers and politicians and RTC were featured on BBC News.
RTC, who are experts in flood remediation, were delighted to support and be involved with this pioneering project to show just what can be done to reduce the impact of flooding and why you should choose members of the Property Care Association (PCA) to carry out these specialist works.