Flood Risk Management Recognised as Key to Success in Urban Renewal

Congratulations to Nick Taylor, Principal Civil Engineer – Water for winning the Silver Award for Paper of the Year at the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo held recently.

Focused on enabling urban renewal through effective flood risk management at the Green Square precinct in Sydney, the paper resonated strongly with judges. As one of New South Wales’ fastest-growing populations and one of Australia’s largest urban renewal projects, Green Square is setting a benchmark for the future of sustainable communities. “This is a complex project that is critical to reducing the high-hazard flooding to deliver a liveable urban renewal for this inner-city area,” explains Mr Taylor. “It is being delivered through the cooperation of local and state government authorities, construction contractors and WSP through an alliance framework. The most beneficial and cost-effective infrastructure is being built because of the thorough planning process and rigorous hydraulic modelling that WSP undertook in optimising the final design.”


Ian Chase, WSP’s NSW Section Executive for Water says, “As part of the alliance, our team challenged the status quo delivering innovative construction methods and a collaborative approach to help nurture the thriving local communities and realise further economic benefits. It’s great to be sharing this knowledge amongst the water industry communities across Australia and New Zealand. Well done Nick and also to David Kent, one of the co-authors.”


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