UK Flood Barriers partners with Jewson to ensure access to flood defence solutions for all

Published:  13 July, 2012

UK: Provider of sustainable, passive flood solutions, UK Flood Barriers (UKFB) has this week announced that it has formed an exclusive partnership with Jewson.

The merchant will be selling the company’s range of specialist Flood Angel® flood defence products through a number of its branches in the UK.

Frank Kelly, chief executive of UK Flood Barriers, comments: “It seems that barely a week goes by without flooding hitting the headlines and leaving many homeowners distraught, businesses destroyed and vital infrastructure damaged. It is essential for the public to understand that there are steps they can take to protect their assets in a sustainable way. Partnering with Jewson ensures the products that safeguard against flooding are easily accessible to all.”

The UK has experienced significant levels of flooding so far this year, and this is likely to increase due to global warming. One in six, or 5.2million properties in the UK are already at risk* and it is estimated that the annual cost of flooding in England and Wales has reached £1billion.** Vital public works are also at risk, with about one-sixth of the country's electricity infrastructure situated in flood plains, demonstrating the wider implications of the problem.

This new partnership between UKFB and Jewson will increase the accessibility of effective defences to protect from flooding via sewage systems and airbricks – a far higher risk point than through entrances. For example, the Flood Angel® Non-Return Valve sits within sewage pipes to protect basements and ground flood rooms against flooding caused by return flow of sewage water – a devastating consequence. Airbricks are also a likely source for letting in water, and the Flood Angel® Anti-flood Airbrick can be installed as an alternative; triggered by the power of the oncoming water, it still allows the free flow of air when not in use.

David Rooke, the Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management said: “The news that a comprehensive range of flood defence products will be nationally available through a major builder’s merchant is hugely encouraging. This works towards the achievement of an essential goal of giving easy access to the public and to builders, so that those at risk can be encouraged to undertake flood mitigation measures to protect against the effects of flooding.”

New legislation will soon dictate that the construction industry needs to take action – with the Code for Sustainable Homes calling for all new properties to include flood protection, and future planning applications to be required to pass a flood risk assessment to avoid inappropriate development. Homeowners may also have sole responsibility for the financial outcomes of flooding when the Statement of Principles, the insurance industry's voluntary flood agreement with the government ends in 2013.

Matt Kent, category manager, Jewson adds: “New legislation is going to affect everyone who works in the building industry but construction professionals now have an accessible route to buy the necessary defence products to meet the requirements and safeguard properties from the effects of flooding. We pride ourselves on being the UK’s leading sustainable builders’ merchant and our partnership with UK Flood Barriers will help to not only raise awareness of the flood defences options now available but to educate the industry on the wider spread issue of flooding.”

The products will initially be available from 43 Jewson branches in high flood-risk zones, including Aberystwyth in Wales where dozens of people were recently left homeless by flooding. UKFB is hosting training for Branch Managers at the Greenworks Training Academy in Birmingham and at UKFB’s on-site testing facility in Droitwich, Worcestershire to ensure they have a thorough knowledge of the products being retailed. UKFB is developing an accreditation in flood defence to ensure it is recognised as a skill the building community needs to obtain.

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