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New approach to building in flood-prone areas revealed

Kiran Curtis Architects has revealed these images of a new masterplan tackling the problem of building in a flood-prone area of Kent.

The practice hopes its innovations in dealing with flood defences in Gravesend will be adopted across the Thames Gateway, which has been labelled a high-risk area.

According to the architect, its Gravesend masterplan will deliver a new urban quarter with 'great new public spaces, leisure, commercial uses and 1,000 new homes.'

The practice's solution to building in a flood-prone area involves constructing a series of planted terraces that extend out into the water as an alternative to the conventional river wall.

This approach avoids the problems associated with building a flood-defence wall - which often destroys key views - or the alternative of building up land behind defences to lift residences out of the reach of dangerous flood waters.

A planning application for the mixed-use masterplan will be submitted in November. Walsh Associates acted as structural engineers on the project.

by Rob Sharp

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