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BACA to build floating village in the Netherlands

London-based architect BACA has been appointed to create a mini-village of floating and flood-resistant homes in the Netherlands.

BACA is drawing up a feasibility report to create the Eu20 million (£13.4 million) pilot development in the Dutch town of Dordrecht, 30km south of Rotterdam.

BACA partner Richard Coutts said: 'We will build between 80 and 100 homes, although we have yet to determine the split between which of those will be floating, amphibious or flood-resistant.

'The floating homes are built on a raft foundation, which means they can be moved around.

'The amphibious homes are physically docked to the land, but the foundations can move with the flood waters, and the flood-resistant homes will be built on land but will have ground floors that can weather flooding.'

Coutts said the client, Dordrecht Municipality, had yet to determine the exact site for the experiment, but he added that he expected the scheme to start 'early next year'.

BACA is working with the BRE after receiving £250,000 from DEFRA's innovation fund to develop its LifE (Long-term initiative for Flooding-Risk Environments) project. The scheme explores a range of ideas to improve the way developments are planned and designed in flood-risk areas.

by Max Thompson

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