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28Feb 2018
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Adopting a multidisciplinary approach to deliver successful SuDS

“SuDS, what are SuDS?” “How many houses do I need to lose to make room for this pond?” “How can I fit these SuDS around my development?” These are just a few of the typical questions a drainage consultant is …

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23Feb 2018
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Rainwise – Changing Landscapes and Changing Behaviours

Rainwise is Northumbrian Water’s surface water management programme, established to address our goal of reducing the risk of future flooding to 7,200 properties across the North East of England by the end of 2020. It is our proactive approach to …

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12Feb 2018
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An approach to securing high quality SuDS

  Paul Baker, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham   Despite over half of H&F  being  in the Environment Agency’s  Flood Zones 2 and 3 the borough  is  extremely well protected from flood risk from the Thames thanks to local …

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17Jan 2018
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Have your say on the new SuDS approval process in Wales.

In my post dated June 2017 I provided information on the Welsh Government consultation on implementing a requirement for SuDS in all new developments through Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. Since then, there has been …

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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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04Jun 2017
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Welsh Government’s consultation on mandating SuDS

Phil Chatfield, Welsh Government   The Welsh Government published voluntary standards for sustainable drainage in January 2016, following a public consultation in 2015. The standards set out principles to be taken into account in designing surface drainage for new developments …

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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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