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07Sep 2017
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Why do designers ignore Rainwater Harvesting as a (brilliant) sustainable drainage method?

Rainwater Harvesting is on the top of several best practice guides as the ‘number one method’ to provide sustainable drainage. (Check the London Plan or Welsh recommended non-statutory standards for SuDS for example.) So, why do so few developments consider …

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28Jul 2017
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The role of proprietary products in delivering treatment of surface water runoff as part of SuDS

  When considering the treatment of surface water runoff as part of a SuDS design, the designer should always start by looking at the use of vegetative SuDS due to their multiple benefits. However, proprietary products are a useful extension …

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16Jun 2017
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A place for SuDS?

Paul Shaffer, CIRIA/susdrain   Of course there is! So we know that SuDS makes sense yet examples of good SuDS delivery, particularly in residential developments remain frustratingly patchy.   I like many others have responded to various consultations on plans …

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14Jun 2017
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SuDS in the mainstream press!

Peter Holt, Arup   The noted columnist, Simon Barnes, has recently published a column in the Sunday Tumes on sustainable drainage, which during the article he refers to as wetlands and rain gardens (primarily in Enfield – see susdrain case studies …

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22May 2017
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Strategic retrofitting of SuDS in Manchester

Peter Holt, Arup   Since 2016, the Business in the Community Water Taskforce (funded by Defra and the Environment Agency) has been working on a Water Resilient Cities project testing the concept that implementing SuDS on school sites across Greater …

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05Nov 2016
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Welsh Government reviews sewerage & drainage legislation

Paul Shaffer, CIRIA The legal framework for governing sewerage and drainage assets has developed over time. This organic evolution has led to a range of individuals and organisations having ownership and responsibility for all manner of related assets. With the …

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08Sep 2016
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Increasing the likelihood of success: delivering green infrastructure in high-density urban environments

Richard Brown, ARUP What I have learnt from working on several of Arup’s Green Infrastructure (GI) and Sustainable Urban Drainage (SuDS) projects – in locations ranging from Wales to San Francisco – is that the most significant challenges these projects face …

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31May 2016
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Stroud rural sustainable drainage project: taking SuDS beyond the red line.

By Chris Uttley, Stroud District Council. Whilst the policy and regulation surrounding SuDS is the subject of current controversy, the principles of sustainable drainage and the role that SuDS can play in reducing flood risk is not. The basic principles …

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16May 2016
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Much ado about a SuDS review – what’s on your wish list?

Paul Shaffer, CIRIA/susdrain   Last week saw the Housing and Planning Act gain Royal Assent. It was an interesting, maybe disheartening couple of weeks for those that desire effective policy supporting delivery of good SuDS schemes.   The House of …

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05Feb 2016
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Barriers to nationwide SuDS delivery

Anthony McCloy, McCloy Consulting Things have certainly progressed over the last ten years that I have been delivering SuDS training. The increased level of technically challenging questions from delegates is keeping me more on my toes for one thing. The …

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