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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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    Climate Change Won’t Wait for Widespread SuDS

    The Government’s advisory committee on climate change has issued a strong warning that we must do more to improve ou...

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

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    Ricoh SuDS Retrofit Project Update

    Improving Surface Water Quality & Pollution Containment Having been fortunate and privileged to twice visit the Un...

    By: David Schofield, Associate Director, Hydro Consultancy

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    Blue Roofs – turning urban water on its head.

    As we enjoy our first taste of summer, 2014’s winter of flooding has all but disappeared from the public consciousne...

    By: Phil Collins, National Sales Manager, Hydro International

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    SuDS Implementation Delayed Again

    After countless delays, yet another postponement to the target start date for SuDS legislation in England and Wales wi...

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

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  • Best Practice

    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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    Retrofit SuDS Solves St Ives Flooding

    A retrofit SuDS scheme, based on Hydro International’s stormwater storage and infiltration technologies and Hydro-Brake® Flow Controls has alleviated flooding problems at a busy town car park, caused by the frequent heavy rainfall....

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Industry News

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Essential New E-Guide to Surface Water Treatment

A comprehensive and easy-to-follow expert guide to surface water treatment as part of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) is now available to download from stormwater engineering and technology leaders Hydro International. The HX Guide to Surface Water Treatment, exp...

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New Software Tools Will Help Engineers Fine-tune Surface Water Flood Prevention

Engineering the best possible flood prevention control of surface water drainage systems is now quicker and easier for the majority of UK designers with the launch of important new software tools for the Hydro-Brake Optimum® vortex flow control. With the ...

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Two of the three Hydro-Brake® Flood Alleviation flow controls installed at Kirkland Bridge as part of the White Cart Water Flood Prevention Scheme.

Hydro-Brake® Flow Controls Come in ‘Extra Large’ to Hold Back Floods

Thousands of homes and properties in the UK are being protected from river flooding by an innovative upstream storage solution using giant-sized Hydro-Brake® Flow Control vortex technology. The Hydro-Brake® Flood Alleviation flow control is an...

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Upcoming Industry Events

SuDS: Changing The Landscape
A British Water Conference
23rd September 2014
Lancaster University Management School
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Flood Defence & Prevention Expo
4th & 5th December 2014
ExCel London
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Blue Roofs – turning urban water on its head.

As we enjoy our first taste of summer, 2014’s winter of flooding has all but disappeared from the public consciousness.  At the height of media hype it seemed mainstream jour...

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