Our Guildford office was instructed by private clients to conduct a Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) for a large inner city site and additional consulting work for the planning application required for a new development on Tower Bridge Road, London.
The proposal was for alterations and refurbishment of the existing buildings, including:
- Change of use of residential space to include 90 new apartments, including 8, three bedroom properties
- 143 aparthotel units, a new gym, a cafe and flexible retail/commercial floorspace
- Installation of balconies, alterations to elevations, minor alterations to increase the height of the buildings (max. 34.26 metres)
- The demolition and rebuild of levels 8 and 9 of 151 Tower Bridge Road; landscaping and associated works
The nearest strategic watercourse to the site is the River Thames, located 700m to the north. The Environment Agency mapping indicated that the site is within Flood Zone 3, but is defended by the Thames River flood defences, and therefore has a low risk of fluvial flooding. There is some risk posed to the site for the extreme tidal breach events. But the overall water level and time of inundation indicated that the risk of fluvial flooding on site is very low.
All other sources of flooding for the site were investigated and shown to be of minimal or no risk. Therefore, the proposed development is appropriate and sustainable in the terms as set out in NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework).