Highlights of the IGNITION project

Webinar on 25/05/2022

Since 2019, the IGNITION project has explored how Greater Manchester can accelerate the delivery of urban nature-based solutions to build a climate resilient city-region. Supported by the Urban Innovations Actions Fund, the project brought together twelve partners from local government, universities, NGOs and business to develop pathways to accelerate public-private investment nature-based solutions.

One strand of the project focused on collaborative investment approaches to tackling urban surface water flooding by:

  • Identifying hotspots for multi-partner investment in urban SuDS retrofit
  • Piloting the development of an urban SuDS neighbourhood including:
    • Developing conceptual SuDS deisgns
    • Modelling potential benefits to receiving sewer networks and surface water flood risk
    • Estimate of likely scheme costs
    • Building a multi-partner business case
  • Testing a replicable methodology for the adaptation of sewer models to represent SuDS.

This webinar will present an overview of the IGNITION project and then provide a deep dive into the SuDS neighbourhood pilot focusing on the planning, modelling and impact evaluation of retrofit SuDS neighbourhood in Walkden, Salford. 


11:00 Welcome and introduction
Dr Louise Walker, Senior Research Manager, CIRIA

11:05 IGNITION: Accelerating the delivery of urban nature-based solutions in Greater Manchester
Matt Ellis, Climate Resilience Lead, Environment Agency
Rachel Morrison, Senior Nature Based Solutions Advisor, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

11:15  Retrofit SuDS: planning, conceptual design and cost estimation
Phil Williams, Technical Director, The Environmental Protection Group

11:40 SuDS retrofit modelling methods and outcomes
Bridget Woods Ballard, Principal Engineer, HR Wallingford

12:05 Interactive discussion and Q&A

12:25 Closing remarks 

Fees CIRIA members: Free to attend Non-members: Free to attend


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25 May 2022
11:00 - 12:00


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