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News about Sustainable Drainage Systems and Flood Risk in the UK

This website is a resource for those working in flood risk management strategy or concerned with SuDS – Sustainable (Urban) Drainage Systems.

Containing news, opinion, information and best practice relevant to people working in local and central Government, developers, consulting engineers and contractors.  A key focus of the website is providing a platform for discussion, so if you have something to share,  please contact us.

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    Fudge and Free-For-All? What to Make of The Alternative SuDS Plan?

    Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more confusion. Threatened delay and disagreement on Sustainable Drainag...

    By: Alex Stephenson, Director, UK Stormwater Division, Hydro Int.

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    London, the Supersewer and SuDS – The Great Debate

    London’s ‘ Supersewer ’ has provoked much controversy and – whether you are in the Tideway Tunnel ‘yes’ or...

    By: Phil Collins, National Sales Manager, Hydro International

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    Ricoh SuDS Retrofit Project – Delivering the Vision

    Delivering the Vision: Adding Landscape & Biodiversity From our earliest involvement in this project it was clear ...

    By: David Schofield, Associate Director, Hydro Consultancy

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    SuDS are Good News for London – says Boris

    Surface water drainage and flood risk management have been flagged as key challenges for the UK’s capital city in th...

    By: Phil Collins, National Sales Manager, Hydro International

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    Sustainable Drainage Infrastructure for Cambridge Homes Expansion

    Building a sustainable drainage infrastructure for a development providing 1000s of new homes to serve the expanding Cambridge conurbation has delivered important lessons for housebuilders as they prepare for new regulations for SuDS in England and W...

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    Developer Saves Stormwater Storage Costs

    As the first phase of Edinburgh City Council’s 21st Century Homes project for much-needed affordable housing, the Gracemount development is showcasing sustainable construction. A major feature of the drainage solution is Hydro International’s hig...

    The Gracemount Homes development. Photo courtesy of Edinburgh City Council
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    Housebuilder’s New Vision for SuDS

    A new homes development in Hampshire by Grainger plc has established a blueprint for a pioneering Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) infrastructure on large mixed-use developments which is providing a best-practice benchmark for developers. From whe...

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    Welsh ‘Quality’ Treatment with New Bioretention System

    One of the first UK installations of the innovative new Hydro Filterra™ bioretention and biofiltration system has brought attractive landscaping and stringent stormwater quality control to a sensitive location in Barry, South Wales. Vale of Glamorg...

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    Innovative Hydro Up-Flo™ Filter Treats Access Road Surface Water Runoff

    One of the first UK stormwater treatment solutions using Hydro’s innovative Up-Flo™ filtration technology has enabled developer Fairview New Homes to incorporate SuDS with two levels of treatment into the surface water drainage for a new access r...

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    Raising a Toast to SuDS on a Scottish Mountain Highway

    Highway degradation and surface water pollution in an environmentally sensitive area of the Scottish Cairngorms famous for its whisky production have been tackled with an imaginative SuDS Solution from Hydro International which has averted potential ...

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Industry News

Dredging up Trouble for Flood Prevention Funding?

Potentially environmentally-damaging dredging must not be prioritised for funding over other proven flood-prevention measures in this year's Autumn Statement, wildlife and environmental experts from Blueprint for Water are warning the Government. In a new report, ...

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Climate Change Chair Warns SuDS Plans are “Significant weakening”

Lord Krebs, Chairman of the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change has written to Elizabeth Truss, the Environment Secretary, to express concerns about how the government now intends to encourage the use of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) in new...

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Five years of construction growth forecast, but risks remain

The construction industry will grow 23% by the end of 2018 and contribute £12 billion to the UK economy over the next two years alone, according to the Construction Products Association's (CPA) Autumn Forecast. Key highlights include:

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Upcoming Industry Events

NCE Flood Management Summit
25th – 26th November 2014
The Bloomsbury Hotel, London
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Flood Defence & Prevention Expo
4th & 5th December 2014
Excel London
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Round Table Teases Out Lessons Learned from SUDS in Scotland

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