Design guide

The RIBA's guide to Designing for Flood Risk|  takes a design-led approach to addressing flood risk. It is aimed at practicing and student architects, urban designers and landscape architects, and is equally relevant to clients, planners and other urban professions.


The RIBA's new guide, Designing for Flood Risk, introduces architects to the causes and effects of flooding, and the design and planning solutions that exist to manage it.

Overview of the Guide

This guide gives users a general understanding of the main issues that flood risk gives rise to, followed by an overview of current policy and legislation. It will give an appreciation of the range of inputs that other specialist consultants may have to the design process and also the value of early consultation with the local planning authority and the Environment Agency. Finally, wherever possible, it will outline potential design strategies for integrating place-making, sustainable design, and the control and mitigation of flood risk.

To download the guide, simply click on the link below

RIBA Climate Change Toolkits

This guide is the seventh publication in the RIBA's Climate Change Toolkits series. You can view all the toolkits here|.

The guide is also intended to compliment other current guidance, including:

PPS25, Development and Flood Risk| (DCLG)

PPS25 Practice Guide| companion document (DCLG)

Development and Flood Risk: Guidance for the Construction Industry| (CIRIA)

Building a Better Environment: a Guide for Developers| (Environment Agency)

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