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Stranded Sussex architects rescued in freak flood drama

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Lewes architects Bryan Perry and Sid Richards were hauled from their office by lifeboat men last Thursday after they were stranded by the floods which swept the country.

Perry was one of many architects in the Sussex town who were drying out this week after sites and offices were submerged under nearly 2m of water.

Perr y watched TV pictures from his office as the waters rose but decided to work on, switching off the electricity and returning to his drawing board.

'With all this business about computer-aided design, this was one in the eye for drawing boards, ' he joked. But by 4pm the men were stranded and had to be rescued on inflatable rafts. 'It rose six feet in three hours, it looked like the Rhine.'

Elsewhere, 28-strong practice Axiom Architects continued to work despite being surrounded by water from the burst River Ouse. Some architects failed to show up for work and the main entrance was submerged. The office of MacKellar Schwerdt Partnership was unaffected but its £100,000 restoration of St Thomas' Church was left facing a six-month set back after water penetrated its half-a-metre-thick walls. Ironically, the restoration was aimed at protecting the building from water and weather damage. Ten houses from a recently completed social housing project were also flooded, said partner Andrew Goodwin.

'We had built these higher than the Environment Agency guidance, ' he said.'There will certainly be a reappraisal of flood protection levels for new housing.'

The floods also hit Baker-Brown Mackay, which had three schemes affected.A freshly-laid concrete floor in an artist's studio was ruined.Architect Nick Francis labelled the weather 'freakish'.

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