Flood Risk Management

While we can’t quite control the weather, we can limit its effect.

With extensive UK experience in both the private and public sectors, our Flood Risk Management team creates tailored solutions to protect what’s important.

Strategic advice.

Future proofing your decisions through listening to your challenges and developing tailored solutions.
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Strategic asset management.

Making the most of what you’ve got through policy, strategy and plan development.
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Bid & funding support.

Helping you to build robust business cases based on technical evidence to maximise your funding allocation from Defra, the Environment Agency and others.
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Decision support tools.

Utilising industry best practices, such as flood risk modelling software and in-house tools to support your decisions.
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Stakeholder engagement.

From public consultation to individual engagement we will listen to your diverse stakeholders to ensure your solutions meet their needs.
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Helping you meet your statutory duties under the Flood and Water Management Act (2010) and Flood Risk Regulations (2009) along with implementing best practice and industry guidance.
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Preparing you for a changing climate.
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Operational support.

Working in partnership with you for a best team approach.
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Contractor engagement.

Enhancing the relationship between client and contractor.
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Procurement support.

Supporting you to engage the specialist help you need through intelligent specifications and contracts.
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Creating beautiful, sustainable spaces which enhance the public realm.


Straightforward asset surveys tailored to your needs.

With an in-depth understanding of public sector processes, Metis are able to offer full planning support covering drainage, transport, highways and public realm enhancement. Providing these services in parallel ensures integrated designs which maximise benefits from your proposed development and streamlines the planning process.

We have a unique insight to offer private developers: we work with many Local Authorities in the capacity of Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) Statutory Consultee, providing planning application review support for Flood Risk Assessments and Sustainable Drainage Strategies. This means we know exactly what planning application reviewers require, streamlining the process for rapid review, approval and minimum effort planning conditions.

Some of the services that we can support you with include:

  • Flood Risk Assessments
  • Surface Water / Sustainable Drainage (SuDS) Strategies
  • Surface Water Drainage – SuDS Technical Advice and Planning Application Support
  • SuDS design
  • Discharge of flood and surface water related planning conditions and support of appeals
  • Flood Modelling
  • Flood Risk Due Diligence Assessment
  • Flood Evacuation Plans
  • Flood Plain Compensation Assessments
  • Stakeholders engagement
  • Capital and full life cost estimation
  • Traffic engineering/ highway design
  • Traffic modelling
  • Transport Planning
  • Public Realm Design
  • Highways design
  • Water Company approval, including Section 104 and 106
  • Highway Authority approvals, including Section 38 and 278


Please contact us to discuss your requirements and provide a quotation

Since the implementation of the Flood and Water Management Act (FWMA) in 2010, Metis have provided direct and tailored support to a range of Local Authorities, helping them to deliver their Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) role. Through provision of resources directly into LLFAs to develop their capabilities and deliver relevant services, our team has a detailed understanding of Local Authority processes, LLFA responsibilities and all aspects of ‘local’ flood risk management.

Some of the services that we can support you with include:

  • Delivering LLFA FWMA duties
  • Resourcing and training solutions to effectively deliver the surface water management Statutory Consultee role
  • Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) – Design, technical and planning advice
  • Flood Management Scheme Investigation, Feasibility and Economic Appraisal
  • Funding Applications and Business Cases – Flood and Coastal Risk Management (FCRM) Grant in Aid and Local Levy
  • Flood Incident Investigations (Section 19 Investigations)
  • Flood Risk Asset Register Development
  • Drainage Asset Management
  • Flood Risk Assessments
  • Strategic Flood Risk Assessments (SFRA) – Level 1 and 2
  • Surface Water Management Plans (SWMPs)
  • Facilitating collaborative working for flood risk management

With a comprehensive understanding of SuDS from developer and Local Authority perspectives, we offer our clients specialist technical advice and a unique approach. We specialise in designing compliant SuDS schemes for solutions that are tailored to your needs. We can work with your team to develop SuDS approaches that enhance and complement development masterplans while minimising impacts on site layout and land take.

Some of the services that we can support you with include:

  • Best practice SuDS schemes that clearly demonstrate compliance with relevant local, regional and national policies
  • Development of SuDS designs – from concept to detailed
  • Effective approaches for adoption and maintenance of SuDS systems
  • An understanding of the whole life cost of your SuDS scheme
  • Effective and sustainable drainage asset management strategies
  • Planning proposals that demonstrate surface water is effectively managed on site in line with industry best practice and relevant policies

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