Welcome to Construction and Infrastructure. In this theme, you will learn about the power of the built environment to protect us from natural disasters like floods and earthquakes, and design well-connected cities.

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Construction and the Central Business District?

A central business district (CBD) is the commercial and business centre of a city, where most shops and companies are based. As cities grow, how can construction make sure CBDs are attractive and efficient?

Construction and Flood Defenses?

Natural disasters like floods can be damaging and stressful, as well as expensive, and they often happen very quickly. How can construction build defenses that protect our cities from flooding in areas of high risk?

Construction and Earthquake-Proof Buildings?

Earthquakes are one of the Earth’s most destructive forces, but if we plan and prepare then the risks can be reduced in new and existing buildings. How can construction create buildings that are earthquake-proof?

Construction and Site Planning – Deeley Construction

Construction and Water Infrastructure – Barhale

1. Instructions from your Supervisor


Our client is looking at ways to reduce flood risks, and they have asked for our professional guidance. 

The Environment Agency uses several measures to decide on the best flood alleviation scheme for an area ‘to provide sustainable flood defences which prevent deaths, minimise property damage and reduce distress from flooding’. The different techniques must create a solution that is technically feasible, economically viable and environmentally sustainable.

We need to consider the effect on agriculture from any increase in flooding frequency, as well as the longterm impact on footpaths that cross the flood area. We need to think about the impact of wildlife including fish, protected species, and the biodiverse creatures that live in the hedgerows. If we propose a significant programme of construction to build substantial flood defences, we need to think about the impact of noise, vibration and vehicle movement to the area. We also need to consider the design of any flood defences we construct to make sure that the materials are sensitive to the local aesthetic. 

Overall, our guidance has to consider the fear, stress and ill-effects of flooding for the people of the local area. We need to make sure that we are helping our client to increase public confidence, and reduce their worries.

I have a task that needs completing, and I’d really like your help.

We have done our research into the possible measure that the client could use, and I would like your help to choose the best solution.

I’ve included the resources you need to complete the task, including documents, images, videos and templates. They should give you plenty of ideas and information.

Follow the instructions, and when you’re ready, complete your task. All this should take you about 45 minutes.

When you’re finished with your task, you can learn more about the employers, job roles and projects in this area of construction.