## In 2006 ##
We first reported on the concept of floating houses back in 2006. This focused on a community of houses in Holland built to float like ships could provide the answer to the problem of flooding in the UK. This is the opening line to an article published in the NCE New Concrete Engineering. This project occurred in 2006 but is left as a news item due to the specialist nature of this project.
This was reported on earlier in Innovation & Research Focus and shows the open concrete basements prior to the erection of the houses.
Click HERE to see the item in Innovation & Research
Click HERE to se the article in NCE.
## Now in 2011 ##
This type of construcion has been going on for over 10 years in Holland, Denmark and elsewhere and a number of companies now offer concrete floating substructures in the UK.
The use of concrete floating foundations/supports has recently been reported on in the magazine "Concrete Engineering International", Volume 45, September 2011, 58-60 pp.
Click HERE to see this article (kindly provided by the Concrete Society)
These are primarily for floating houseboats but this concept, retained in lateral position by piles, would readily assist in the provison of housing in floodplains, whereby they would have the abilty to rise-up in the event of a flood, against or even above the 100 year level.
The use of an alternative protected staircase also offers an option under floodplain conditions (Pending TBIC publication - Basement the hidden potential - will refer).