HR Wallingford

HR Wallingford is an independent civil engineering and environmental hydraulics organisation.

We deliver practical solutions to the complex water-related challenges faced by our international clients. With a 70 year track record of achievement, our unique mix of know-how, assets and facilities includes state of the art physical modelling laboratories, a full range of numerical modelling tools and, above all, enthusiastic people with world-renowned skills and expertise.

Based in the UK, HR Wallingford has a reputation for excellence and innovation, which we sustain by re-investing profits from our operations into programmes of strategic research and development.

HR Wallingford reaches clients and partners globally through a network of offices, agents and alliances around the world.

Company members

HR Wallingford has Scientific Research Association status. We are a company limited by guarantee, and rather than having shareholders we have a panel of Company Members (who belong to the organisations listed below) who support and guide our activities, helping to maintain our position as a centre of excellence. Members come from UK-based organisations, government departments and agencies related to our industry. They act as guarantors (with a maximum liability of £10), participate in our AGM, the election of Directors and other events.

British Expertise
British Ports Association
Civil Engineering Contractors Association
Department of Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
Department for International Development (Dfid)
Environment Agency
Highways Agency
Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology
Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators Ltd (SIGTTO)
The Association of Consultants and Engineers
The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
The Federation of Dredging Contractors
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
The Royal Academy of Engineering
Water UK

Research at HR Wallingford

Our research covers all things aquatic, from the headwaters of river catchments out to the deep sea. We carry out research to provide specialist solutions for industry, to help develop policy, as well as pursuing self-funded research.
Practical solutions to water-related issues

The majority of our research is commissioned by clients who need to find solutions to specific water-related issues. This can cover providing innovative engineering solutions to developing models, guidance and manuals for public policy makers.

This commissioned research is carried out alongside specialist consultancy projects. We also lead and coordinate national and international consortia, and carry out interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects on nationally and internationally funded programmes. The continuous exchange between practitioners and researchers helps us to focus our self-funded research agenda where there is a real need.

Fluid thinking, smart solutions - Research Strategy 2015 - 2020

Research Director: Giovanni Cuomo

Contact Information
Director / Head: 
Dr Bruce Tomlinson, Chief Executive Officer
HR Wallingford, Howbery Park, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8BA, United Kingdom
Switchboard Number: 
01491 822899

Consultancy Services and Products

ARC-Boat Simon Tiedeman
Australia Ship Simulation Centre
Climate change Helen Udale-Clarke
Coastal infrastructure Stephen Richardson
Conveyance and Afflux Estimation System (CES/AES) Caroline Hazlewood
Dams and reservoirs Craig Goff
Dredging Mark Lee
Ecological modelling Tom Matthewson
Emergency planning Darren Lumbroso
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Tom Matthewson
Estuary infrastructure Tom Matthewson
Fast Flow Facility Samantha Dawson
Flood forecasting Emma Brown
Flood product testing Andy Tagg
Flood risk assessment Andy Tagg
Fluid Earth Quillon Harpham
Instrumentation and software Simon Tiedeman
Life Safety Model (LSM) Andy Tagg
Marine Licensing Advice Tom Matthewson
Mining and metals Tom Matthewson
Oil and gas Ian Cruickshank
Open TELEMAC-MASCARET Sébastien Bourban
Petrochemicals Ian Willoughby
Physical modelling Keith Powell
Ports, harbours and terminals Ian Cruickshank
Power Samantha Dawson
pyxis Belen Lopez De San Roman Blanco
River infrastructure David Ramsbottom
Ship simulation centres Mark McBride
SuDS and drainage infrastructure Richard Kellagher
Training and Audit
Tsunami simulator (first generation) Ian Chandler
Tsunami simulator (third generation) Ian Chandler
UK Ship Simulation Centre
Waterfront developments Ian Cruickshank
Wavemakers Simon Tiedeman