6:00pm - 7:30pm




Free to attend

Hosted by the CIWEM South Western branch

Event description

Bristol City Council and the Environment Agency are working together to deliver a long-term plan to better protect homes and businesses from flooding and enhance the river for all.

Bristol was built on the River Avon, and as a result became a gateway to the world. Our city grew and prospered because of its riverside location, and the engineering that made it possible is celebrated today. But having a river at the heart of the city comes with challenges we need to plan for, especially as climate change and rising sea levels increase the risk of flooding.

While we cannot prevent floods from occurring, we have been working on a long-term plan to address what happens when they do. Our ambition is for a strategy that works for Bristol year-round, not just when the river floods. By designing defences that improve public spaces, we will provide new green spaces, better access to the river, enhanced heritage features, and improved transport connections.

By using this approach, we can protect Bristol and create a more active, sustainable and resilient city.

The presentation will set out the proposed adaptive Strategy set out in the Bristol Flood Risk Management Strategy and outline some of the challenges overcome in its preparation.

The talks will be followed by a short Q&A.

This webinar is part of the CIWEM Flood Resilience digital series.

Register for 24 November

About the speaker

Matthew Sugden

Matthew Sugden is a flood risk officer at Bristol City Council. He is the Principal Engineer in the team that delivers the council’s duties as the Lead Local Flood Authority. He has worked on various flood risk management projects including traditional highway drainage works, SuDS, natural flood management and marine civils. In recent years, Matt has led the council’s development of the Bristol Avon Flood Strategy, building on work done in earlier years assessing the risk of flooding from the River Avon to central Bristol.

Dan Van-der-Leer

Dan Van-der-Leer is a flood modeller at Arup. He has a wide breadth of knowledge and skills in fluvial and tidal modelling. He has overseen hydraulic modelling and mapping work for a wide range of flood risk management projects including strategic studies, flood alleviation schemes, reservoir studies and dam break analysis. Dan enjoys communicating modelling outputs in ways that can be easily understood.

Henrietta Ridgeon

Henrietta Ridgeon is a civil and environmental engineer at Arup. She has worked on numerous coastal defence site development and infrastructure projects, from outline business cases development through to project delivery. Henrietta uses her experience and ability to drive industry innovation and is very interested in building collaboration between different organisations and disciplines for the good of the project.

Booking and joining information

This event is open to members and non-members of CIWEM.

This webinar will be hosted on the Zoom platform and will be recorded. Please note that registrations will close 24 hours before the event starts. If you have not registered before that time, unfortunately we cannot add you to the event. You will receive an email with joining instructions after you have successfully registered for the webinar and the registration has been approved by our team. If you have any questions about your booking or would like to cancel your attendance, please contact barbara.woods@ciwem.org.

If you have any queries, please contact Richard Breakspear at Richard.breakspear@woodplc.com.

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