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25Feb 2019
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What are the three most important requirements for good SuDS construction?

Steve Wilson, EPG   Communication – Communication – Communication   Communication is often lacking in the construction industry, but this is normally the root cause of most construction problems.   Designers need to be able communicate their design – as …

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28Jan 2019
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The Blue-Green Path to Urban Flood Resilience

Emily O’Donnell, Nottingham University   Overcoming barriers to the widespread implementation of blue-green infrastructure and SuDS is challenging, particularly as many are systematic and embedded within organisational cultures, processes, policy and practices. Nonetheless there are many examples in the UK …

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20Dec 2018
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Don’t overlook innovative SuDS

Paul Hurcombe, Severn Trent   Whilst we are all looking to identify opportunities to incorporate multiple benefit SuDS features within our flood alleviation schemes we need to be mindful that we don’t overlook opportunities to be innovative with existing infrastructure …

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17Oct 2018
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Greener Grangetown – so much more than just drainage?

Paul Shaffer, CIRIA   Last week saw the official launch of Greener Grangetown in Cardiff. CIRIA’s susdrain project was lucky enough to have a preview in September, when we had a tour of the ground-breaking scheme.   It’s an ambitious …

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18Sep 2018
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susdrain – Why do we support it and why are we Partners?

  Written by Phil Gelder BSc DMS CEng MICE – Richard Allitt Associates Ltd   SuDS are designed to replicate as closely as possible the natural drainage from a site before development. It is accepted that SuDS reduce the potential …

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29Aug 2018
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Banging on about SuDS until the whole world listens…

Chyrse Tinsley, Landscape Planner, Leicester City Council   It was a joy and a surprise to be voted the first-ever susdrain SuDS champion at their SuDS Awards in July 2018. It’s about more than just quality; it’s about the friends you …

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15Aug 2018
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SuDS on Linear Assets

Written by: Jim Herbert, Civil and Environmental Technical Sales, ABG Geosynthetics   Linear assets such as Highways and Railways have a particular set of challenges when introducing SuDS features. Their footprint is long and thin with limited opportunity to adapt …

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14Aug 2018
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Have we reached the tipping point?

  Written by: Graham Fairhurst, Chair of susdrain’s project steering group   Rather belatedly, due to very enjoyable holidays, I thought I should share my thoughts on the status of SuDS especially for who was not fortunate enough to attend …

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27Jun 2018
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SuDS on the beeb

Over the last week, we’ve seen a number of popular BBC shows talk about the opportunities and challenges of managing rainfall.   Last Friday’s BBC Gardeners World featured an article on SuDS and Raingardens when it looked at two examples …

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29May 2018
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A new beginning for SuDS in Wales

Following consultations in 2017, the Welsh Minister for Environment has now signed the Commencement Order which brings Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 into force in Wales. As a result, from January 7 2019, proposed new developments …

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