Norwich Union Flood Design Competition, UK

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Norwich Union Flood Design Competition

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19 Dec 2008

Flood Design Competition Result

UK Flood Design Competition Winners

Floating homes, sunken pontoons and timber drawbridges were just some of the innovations presented by architects across the world in a bid to design a flood proof house for the future.

The competition launched by Norwich Union, with the support of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), aimed to see how architects would tackle the problem of building on flood plains in a liveable, workable and insurable way.
A total of 85 entrants from across the globe delivered plans for a family home and garden, that would form part of a larger residential development situated on a flood plain.

Entry by Pohkit Goh:
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Entries by Nissen Adams LLP; Eleena Jamil Architects; Hopper Howe Sadler
Nissen Adams Eleena Jamil Hopper Howe Sadler

A panel of judges, from across the architectural and insurance industry, have selected four overall winners. The result was announced at a special reception held at the Thames Gateway Forum in late November.

The winners each received £3,500 prize money which was presented by Robert Napier, Chair of the Government’s newly-formed Homes and Communities Agency.
“We were looking for innovative real-life solutions to what is an ever increasing threat to all of us,” said Simon Black, head of flood mapping at Norwich Union.

“Clearly we would rather homes weren’t built on flood plains, but we have to be realistic – with the Government planning to build three million new homes by 2020 there is a real likelihood this will happen. So how do we build homes that balance development needs with environmental change? This was the challenge and the results show excellent potential for homes of the future.”

Flood Design Competition Winners

Nissen Adams LLP, London
Eleena Jamil Architects, Malaysia
Pohkit Goh, Edinburgh
Hopper Howe Sadler, Newcastle

While presenting some unique new ideas from timber-skinned glass living rooms, to concrete dados and roof gardens to raised footpaths, three main solutions were evident throughout the entries: Raising properties and their surroundings above ground level, allowing part or all of the house to float in the event of a flood and allowing the continuous use of a property if water does enter the home.

Sunand Prasad, RIBA President, said, “It has been fascinating and instructive for the RIBA together with Norwich Union to explore how design-led solutions can respond to the flooding challenge.

“Reducing the risk of flooding does not begin and end with concrete walls and buildings on stilts, as the results of the competition show. Good design lies at the heart of creating communities that are more resilient against flooding, of lessening the cost caused by flooding when it does occur and of minimising the impact it has on local livelihoods and safety. The variety of the approaches demonstrated by the entrants shows the enormous potential of design-led solutions.”

Norwich Union and the RIBA will now present the winning ideas to developers and town and country planners in the hope that it will stimulate new ideas and solutions on how to deal with homes and flood risk.

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Flood Design Competition Update – 4 Nov 2008

85 designers from around the world took part in a competition for the design of new ideas to challenge current building techniques for building housing in flood risk areas. The competition was organised on behalf of Norwich Union and was launched in July this year.

The competition judging panel met earlier this month to assess the entries and identify a shortlist of five. The authors of this final shortlist are:

Eleena Jamil Architects, Kuala Lumpur
Moxon Architects Ltd, London
Pohkit Goh, Edinburgh
Hopper Howe Sadler, Newcastle
Nissen Adams LLP, London

The results of the competition will be announced at the Thames Gateway Forum on the 26th and 27th November at London’s ExCel centre. Visitors to the Forum will also have an opportunity to view all the entries to the competition by visiting the special stand Norwich Union and the RIBA are hosting.

The findings from the competition will also be featured in a publication which will represent an excellent compendium of design strategies that seek to mitigate flood risk, and will be a useful reference to anyone involved with the issue.

Norwich Union Flood Design Competition Shortlist information from RIBA 041108

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