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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.




    Flood Defences: Getting our Priorities Right

    When the cuts start to bite, what’s the best way to spend limited flood defence funding? It’s a debate that’s cr...

    By: Phil Collins, National Sales Manager, Hydro International

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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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    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 Expects SuDS Delivery via Planning System

The Government has published its response to the consultation to deliver SuDS via the planning system and made clear its expectation that Sustainable Drainage Systems will be provided in major new developments "wherever this is appropriate"...

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SuDS Consultation Round-Up

The strength of response to the Government’s consultation on Delivering Sustainable Drainage Systems has given politicians and policymakers much to consider before finalising the introduction of a new system in Spring 2015. Reaction in the press and social media ha...

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WSUD Vision for the South West

A pioneering vision document  has been launched by AECOM, in close collaboration with local government, academic and public and private sector stakeholders, identifying a more sustainable response to urban and rural water management through...

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Upcoming Industry Events

CIWEM RCG Winter Conference
Signposting New Developments in Asset Management
29 January 2015
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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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