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Flood Risk Assessment Northern Ireland

Flood Risk Assessment NI – O’Sullivan Macfarlane regularly undertake various types of Flood Risk Assessment in Northern Ireland (NI) for a range of hydrological settings. We have successfully assessed a wide range of Flood Risk Assessment Northern Ireland, to include: –

  • Developments in or near river floodplains;
  • Developments in close proximity to reservoirs or dams;
  • Developments at risk of costal flooding; and
  • Developments at risk of surface water flooding (Drainage Assessments).

Flood Risk Assessments are now commonplace, and are often required by the Planning Service for a large number of planning applications, with the final Flood Risk Assessment requiring River Agency’s approval (in line with Revised Planning Policy 15 – Planning and Flood Risk), before the development can proceed. Our staff at O’Sullivan Macfarlane have successfully worked on Flood Risk Assessments for a range of developments types throughout Northern Ireland (NI), including:-

  • Single dwellings;
  • Large scale housing projects;
  • Hydro-electric schemes;
  • Commercial / industrial developments; and
  • Commercial sports grounds.

Modelling for Flood Risk Assessments

Should modelling be required as part of a Flood Risk Assessment, this work is carried out in-house using Rivers Agency recognised software, and modelling techniques which represent industrial best practice.

Our staff have extensive experience in modelling a range of scenarios and hydrological settings, including culverts, bridges, weirs and engineered watercourses. Over the past number of years, our staff have built up a good working relationship with the Rivers Agency, and continue to use industry recognised best practice for water course modelling.

With a combined experience of over 20 years in the environmental sector, drawing on expericance from both the private sector and the Northern Ireland Evironment Agency (NIEA), we have a significant expertise in the fields of Flood Risk Assessment and brownfield redevelopments.

All works are undertaken on a strictly confidential basis. If you would like any further information on our Flood Risk Assessment services, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Flood Risk Assessment Belfast

Almost all rivers in the greater Belfast area have been ‘Modelled in Detail’ by Rivers Agency, which means modelling of watercourses is unlikely as part of any assessment. Therefore, should a Flood Risk Assessment be required in the greater Belfast area, these would typically be desktop assessments.

Flood Risk Assessment NI

Across Northern Ireland, the majority of all major watercourses have been ‘Modelled in Detail’ by Rivers Agency in urban areas. Outside these areas, modelled Flood Risk Assessments are often required. O’Sullivan Macfarlane use globally recognised modelling software and analytical tools to model the extents of flood plains in a wide range of scenarios and developments in order to ensure that development can take place where it is safe to do so.