BoxBarrier: Flood Defence System

The BoxBarrier® is a very effective temporary flood defence system, which can be used to temporarily heighten the crest of a dike, or to make a temporary dam on flat terrain. This increased  crest height prevents flooding of the areas behind the dike. The concept of the BoxBarrier® is characterised by easiness, because it makes use of its opponent: it retains water with water.

Product specification

Dimensions (lxhxw)

90cm x 60cm x 60cm

Controllable flood height


Installation speed

100m/hour with 3 persons

The modular flood defence consists of box elements, which are connected by joint elements. The box elements are covered by lids. The box elements are filled by a pump and then the BoxBarrier® is ready for all types of floods!

Hoogheemraadschap Rijnland about BoxBarrier

“ The trial placement was a success. The BoxBarriers were quickly put into position, when you compare this with the conventional sandbags. The advantages of the system are mainly due to the limited time required to construct the temporary barrier, the limited required storage area and the easyness to handle the units (in advantage of safety, health and welfare). ”

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The costs for the use of BoxBarrier can be summarised as the costs for the BoxBarrier itself which is 180 Euro per meter flood defence system (excl. VAT) plus the costs for transport, placement and storage of the BoxBarrier units. The presented example gives the comparison of the costs for 1000 m length of flood defence system for both the BoxBarrier and the conventional sandbags.

Starting points costs flood protection

  • 1000 m flood protection
  • 50 cm water retaining height
  • Location Woudse Polder, The Netherlands
  • Storage area in Delft, The Netherlands (~10km)  
  • Periode 20 year
  • High water: once every 5 years
  • Storagelife sandbags: 3 years
  • Available personnel: six people
Option BoxBarrier
  m1 1000m Frequency Total
Price per m1 excl. VAT € 182    € 182,000    Single time € 182,000
Transport per m1 to site € 0.75 € 750 4 times in 20 years € 3,000
Placement per m1 € 3.05 € 3,050 4 times in 20 years € 12,200
Transport per m1 from site € 0.75 € 750 4 times in 20 years € 3,000
Storage 28 Europallets (0.8mx1.2m)     20 years € 30,000
Total costs (Price BoxBarrier excl. VAT) € 230,200
Note: Starting point for storage is  € 50/m2/year.
Option sandbags (30 sandbags per m1)
  m1 1000m Frequency Total
Price per m1 € 60 € 60,000 4 times in 20 years € 240,000
Transport per m1 to site € 6.50 € 6,500 4 times in 20 years € 26,000
Placement per m1 € 7.85 € 7,850 4 times in 20 years € 31,400
Transport per m1 from site € 6.50 € 6,500 4 times in 20 years € 26,000
Total costs € 323,400
Note: There is no storage required due to the lifetime of the sandbags.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for an offer without engagement. It allows you to discover the advantages of the BoxBarrier compared to other solutions (e.g. conventional sandbags). 

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