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06Dec 2019
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Source control close to buildings with rain gardens and planters

Steve Wilson, EPG.   Fitting a rain garden or a stormwater planter to existing roof drainage is a very effective way of reducing runoff from buildings. This is routine in many countries but in the UK take up has not …

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15Nov 2019
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Using InfoWorks ICM for micro scale modelling of retrofitted SuDS

Katie Powell, Richard Allitt Associates Ltd and Alex Grist, Innovyze.   When a project for retrofitting SuDS is identified, modelling your options can be  beneficial when there are complex situations to be addressed or there is some uncertainty about the …

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23Oct 2019
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Involved in implementing SuDS in new developments in England – we need your help

Robin Campbell, Associate at Arup.   Like all drainage systems, SuDS components need to be inspected and managed to ensure efficient operation and reduce the risk of failures. Institutional arrangements for the ongoing maintenance of piped conventional drainage are clear. …

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21Aug 2019
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Simple SuDS: A Guide for Residents and Community Groups

Phiala Mehring,   Drainage is one of those ‘out of sight and out of mind’ type things.  For most of us, the only time we contemplate drainage is when it goes wrong.  In fairness, there wasn’t really a lot any …

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16Jul 2019
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SuDS not floods

Charlene Duncan, South East Rivers Trust   A new animation created by pupils of Harris Junior Academy Carshalton explains how Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) can benefit the whole community.     Over the last year, the SuDS in Sutton’s Schools project …

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10May 2019
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Government’s latest review of sustainable drainage: a box-ticking exercise reinforcing a suboptimal state of affairs?

Dr Tudorel Vilcan and Dr Karen Potter, Urban Flood Resilience   The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) review of current planning policy for sustainable drainage (SuDS) in England has recently been published – but we question whether …

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10May 2019
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Somerset SuDS Review

Daniel Martin (Somerset County Council) Anna Beasley (JBA Consulting)   Introduction   The widely publicised flooding in Somerset in 2012 and 2013/14 led to a great deal of discussion on the impact of development on downstream flood risk and how …

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10Apr 2019
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Why do we need SuDS Champions?

Louise Walker, CIRIA   Champions are those people who make things happen. They are inspirational to others. They understand challenges and limitations and overcome them. They don’t give up and they show what can be achieved – sometimes with a …

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01Apr 2019
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Back to the Future

Owen Davies, Royal Borough of Greenwich   29th September 2018 I was on Orkney thinking how was I going to spend my 6 hours on the Island, how was I going to keep myself entertained, I mean the main island …

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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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