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18Feb

susdrain SuDS Awards 2022 open for entries!

CIRIA is delighted to announce that the susdrain SuDS Awards 2022 are now open for entries.

We are looking for submissions from outstanding SuDS projects across the UK.

Shortlisted and winning entries will be showcased on our susdrain website.

SuDS are becoming a common feature of our landscape for managing surface water runoff, but they can do so much more. Our Awards celebrate those schemes that demonstrate good practice and show the many ways in which SuDS improve our places and spaces for the benefit of communities and the environment.

We are particularly interested to hear:

  • How challenges have been overcome in order to deliver SuDS
  • What innovations have been used
  • About evidence of the multiple benefits SuDS have delivered


This year we have simplified the entry form and increased the number of Awards categories to reflect the growing SuDS community and the quantity of fantastic work being undertaken.


The number and quality of entries to our 2020 awards showed that SuDS competencies are increasing greatly and that good outcomes are achieved where SuDS are integrated with other aspects of the built environment and sustainable development for both new build and retrofitting. Entries shortlisted by our independent panel of judges were characterised by the linked themes:

  • Sound, holistic masterplanning
  • Place making
  • SuDS working alongside other policies driving sustainable development and other aspects shaping the built environment (such as improving the public realm and re-allocation of highway space e.g. to promote walking and cycling)


This year’s Awards also present the opportunity to nominate SuDS Champions – those who have gone ‘the extra mile’ to promote and deliver multi-beneficial SuDS.

 

More information, Entry Forms and Guidelines can be found HERE

Entries close 5pm on Tuesday 31st May

The Awards will be held on Thursday 14th July

 

The categories for the SuDS Awards 2022 are numbered bellow:

Housing development (greenfield or brownfield sites)

1.     New housing development – small (one to ten units)

This can be a single house or small development. We are looking for well thought out, good practice SuDS. Construction completed since 01/01/18

2.     New housing development – large (more than ten units)

Larger housing development with SuDS masterplanned from the earliest stages. Construction completed since 01/01/18

3.     New housing development – campus developments

A separate category as they have different opportunities and challenges to those within the public realm

4.     Early housing scheme – not yet completed

but with a firm commitment to deliver and maintain high quality SuDS


Commercial development (greenfield or brownfield sites)

5.     New commercial development (any scale)

This can be retail, industrial or any type of commercial development that demonstrates the use of good practice SuDS including provision for their ongoing maintenance. Construction completed since 01/01/18


Submissions from any type of new development which considers SuDS alongside integrated water management (e.g. rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling will be considered favourably)


Community

6.     Community SuDS

We want to celebrate the work of communities in creating and managing good SuDS schemes. This can be SuDS project/s implemented locally or an already existing scheme that has been taken on and is being successfully managed by a local community.


Regeneration and retrofit

We want to celebrate the work of communities in creating and managing good SuDS schemes. This can be SuDS project/s implemented locally or an already existing scheme that has been taken on and is being successfully managed by a local community

7.     Regeneration and retrofit – small scale (less than one hectare)

Showing how SuDS improve existing places and spaces

8.     Regeneration and retrofit – large scale (more than one hectare)

Showing how SuDS improve existing places and spaces


Catchment based solutions

9.     Catchment based SuDS solutions

These entries will include the ‘big picture’ and consider solutions for surface water throughout the catchment.


2022 SuDS Champion Awards Categories

Implementing high quality SuDS can be challenging, from getting the right people on board, understanding the issues and constraints through to ensuring they are properly maintained. It is often through the hard work of an individual or dedicated team that good SuDS materialise. Who is your established SuDS Champion? Who is new to SuDS but doing amazing work? Do you know of a great team (professional or otherwise) who are making good SuDS happen? Why not recognise their hard work and nominate them for an award?

A.    Established SuDS professional

has been working with SuDS for five years or more

B.    SuDS Rising Star

has been working with SuDS for less than five years

C.    Outstanding SuDS team

have worked brilliantly as a team to inspire, inform and influence the delivery of multi-beneficial SuDS

 

A project/scheme SuDS Award winner will be chosen from each of the awards categories and there will also be an overall winner for the scheme that our independent panel of judges believe demonstrates the greatest achievement in delivering the four pillars of SuDS: water quality, water quantity, biodiversity and amenity.

The susdrain SuDS Champion nominees will be shortlisted by our panel of judges and a public vote will decide the winner in each category.

Louise Walker, Senior Research Manager at CIRIA says:

 “I am so excited for this year’s SuDS Awards; the industry has moved on since our last awards in 2020 and I can’t wait to hear about all the fantastic work going on across the UK. We aim to support and encourage more and more multi-beneficial SuDS by celebrating and showcasing good practice”

Submitting your SuDS scheme is easy and it’s FREE to enter. Entry Forms and Guidelines HERE


Submissions close on 5pm Tuesday 31st May 2022!


The winning projects and new SuDS Champions will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 14th July 2022. Further details to follow soon.


For more information on susdrain or the Awards, please contact louise.walker@ciria.org or Adrien.baudrimon@ciria.org


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