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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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    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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    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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    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

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Government Proposes Planning Change for SuDS Implementation

The Government has opened a consultation proposing an alternative approach to the delivery of Sustainable Drainage Systems through changes to the  planning system, rather than through the approval regime originally proposed under Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Ma...

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Hydro International Partners susdrain.org

Hydro International has joined an impressive cross-sector group of organisations dedicated to supporting the www.susdrain.org initiative, further demonstrating growing industry support for widespread delive...

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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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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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Round Table Teases Out Lessons Learned from SUDS in Scotland

Download a copy of the SUDS in Scotland - Experience and Opportunity survey report here.


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