Environmental cost of flood recovery

We're delighted to have been awarded a research contract led by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) as part of their Rebuilding Together project, funded by the Big Lottery. To be undertaken over summer 2017 we will be undertaking research to evaluate the environmental cost of the current industry response to refurbishment after flooding. 

The aims of the study are to:

  • Develop an understanding of the drivers of current practice around post-flood clean-up and property refurbishment following flooding; and
  • To identify opportunities for the development of more environmentally sustainable and cost-effective practices. 

As part of this research we will be undertaking reviews of current and best practice, running a workshop with industry and understanding the experience of householders and businesses affected. 

Part of the Rebuilding Together project which is being managed by Cumbria CVS, this wider programme aims to increase the resilience and sustainability of communities and third sector organisations across Cumbria. CAfS and Cumbria CVS are also working with ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT).


Image by Gavin Lynn, reproduced under Creative Commons 2.0.

Project blog

05.09.2017, 15:26
Report launch

As we approach the end of our research into the environmental cost of flood recovery we can confirm that our findings and the report will be launched on the morning of Thursday 21st September in Cockermouth. We hope you will be able to join us to discuss the findings.

The launch forms part of the Cumbria Green Build Festival and you can book here.

You might also be interested in the tour of the Castle Street Community Centre in Kendal on the 18th September (1-2pm). Led by Emma at CAfS, the tour of the building will look at how the centre incorporated resilience measures so that they could re-open within a few weeks. Further details here

We hope to see you on the 21st. 

03.08.2017, 16:43

On Tuesday 1st August we held a workshop at the council chamber at Allerdale Borough Council in Workington. Around 20 people from various parts of the flood recovery process in Cumbria attended. The county suffers from repeat and extensive flood events, most recently in the winter of 2015/2016. 

The aim of the workshop was to share experiences of flood recovery and post-flood refurbishment work, and in particular the industry response and guidance provided to householders. Attendees ranged from those providing support and assistance to householders, or who were directly involved in the post-flood refurbishment works. This is part of our research project to better understand the environmental cost of the work undertaken, and to develop an understanding of opportunities for best practice.

We'll be using the learning from the workshop to shape our final report, alongside case studies from affected householders. The report will be launched during Cumbria Green Build Festival (run by CAfS) in the week of the 18th to 24th September, further details to follow.