Southend

Southend

The site of a former restaurant on the beach-side Western Esplanade has been proposed for redevelopment as retail/restaurant use on the ground floor with residential uses on upper floors. The Esplanade fronts directly onto the Thames estuary and the cumulative effects of sea level rise over the next century are predicted to raise sea levels by well over 1m. This will lift the design flood level from its current condition of just above footway level to partway up the ground-floor frontage in the latter stages of the development lifetime and mean that less-severe flood tides will reach the frontage more often than at present.

SYSTRA identified where the proposed building design needed to protect low-level entrances and how safe access could be managed for the residential floors during a tidal flood that blocked entry at ground-floor level, producing an outline Flood Plan for the development to set out the evolution of flood risk over time and how flood management should evolve in turn.

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