Redundant Oil Rigs

Imperial College Project

Oil Rig

Collaboration with Imperial College

This year, Charlie Peel at Building Futures, in collaboration with Professor David Fisk at Imperial College London, worked with a team of fourteen third year civil engineers. The project brief extended the work of Facing up to Rising Sea Levels: specifically the ATTACK approach rather than the more conventional defence and retreat methods currently employed.

The town of Canvey Island located in Essex was explored for a relocation project using redundant oil platforms. This community has previously experienced a number of disasterous floods in the last century and has employed the classic defence solution by building sea walls around the island. However, with sea-levels set to rise in the coming years, a more sustainable solution needs to be sought for the future safety of the community against floodying.

The report presents a feasibility study into the relocation of current residents on Canvey Island to a new development located in a flooding zone. However, instead of conventional sea defences the town will be elevated onto a number of redundant oil platforms.

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