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RAB supports Northamptonshire County Council in award winning project
Feb 29, 2016

RAB attended the Flood and Coast 2016 Conference Awards dinner on the 24th February, joining Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) in receiving its Project Excellence Award 2016 awarded by the Environment Agency. The NCC Community Flood Resilience Project won Category 2: Community Action and Partnership which was aimed to recognise projects which promoted ‘excellent local partnership action to enhance community and household flood risk management preparedness.’ The project set out to provide information about community flood resilience through an online toolkit detailing ‘how to’ information on the actions residents, businesses and communities can take to improve their flood resilience.

From March 2014, RAB Consultants worked with NCC to help deliver Property Level Flood Protection surveys for some 130 residential and commercial properties across 15 communities. The free surveys identified the flood risk and the potential ingress routes to each property and recommended flood resistance measures that would help mitigate against flooding. 

RAB was appointed to investigate the barriers preventing the uptake of flood resistance measures to protect properties and businesses. This involved liaising with property and business owners and collating information on the barriers preventing uptake. RAB delivered a project evaluation report providing key learning that will assist Defra and local authorities in future PLP strategies.

NCC’s Project Manager, Martin England provided the following feedback to RAB:

“Have just read through your PLP report and wanted to send a quick note to thank you for supplying a first rate and high quality report.  I know you were pressured to meet our timelines which were earlier than you would have wanted – but in spite of that you have managed to deliver an excellent report in all respects.  A very impressive piece of work of which you can be justifiably proud.”

The project has had further success in winning ‘Flood Plan of the Year 2015’ in the East Midlands Royal Town and Planning Institute and is shortlisted for the national Royal Town and Planning Institute awards in May 2016.