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This 3-bedroom Lincolnshire house has a unique way of avoiding flood damage

Flood damage can devastate homes and ruin possessions. But one unique home in Lincolnshire might have the answer. The futuristic dwelling can be raised 5ft off the ground in under 5 minutes thanks to a specially-constructed steel frame that replaces traditional foundations.

The entire building – all 65 tonnes of it – is raised up by 8 mechanical jacks powered by a central motor, gear box and drive shafts. At the moment, the house is unoccupied. It’s just a prototype that will now be subjected to four years of testing by developer Larkfleet Homes. If it proves successful, then thousands of these elevated homes could be built in high-risk flood areas.

Karl Hick, CEO of Larkfleet Homes, said: ‘We have planning permission to build an experimental house that could rise on jacks above flood waters, effectively eliminating the risk of flood damage. “If tests are successful the house could provide a model that would enable house building on thousands of sites across the UK which at present cannot be developed because of the risk of flooding,” he said .

In a real-life scenario, occupants of a house would have to leave it before it can be raised. The home would also be equiped with solar roof panels and a battery so that it can constantly be connected to electricity while sewage and water will be connected by hoses. The current prototype will be dismantled in 2022 when planning permission comes to an end, but there is always potential to reconstruct it on another site.

Mr Hick said: “The technology is a one-off and therefore likely to be quite expensive but if the system goes into production the costs would certainly come down. The overall cost on some sites may be lower because of the reduced land price.” And the ability to avoid flood damage could be priceless to thousands of homeowners.

 

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