Southend Western Esplanade
Project Scope and Delivery
The site of a former restaurant on the beach-side Western Esplanade was proposed for redevelopment for 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 over 1m. This will lift the design flood level from its current condition of just above footway level to part-way 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 was needed to protect low-level entrances, and how safe access could be managed for the residential floors during a tidal flood. SYSTRA produced an outline Flood Plan for the development to set out the evolution of flood risk over time and how flood management should evolve.