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Flow Controls Deliver SuDS Design for Challenging Llanelli Housing Development

Parc y Strade Housing Development

Engineers took a pragmatic approach to designing surface water drainage at Taylor Wimpey’s new Parc-y-Strade housing development on the outskirts of Llanelli, South Wales. Using Hydro-Brake® vortex flow control technology to engineer distributed surface water storage and attenuation across the low-lying, flat site, the development infrastructure satisfies Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) principles. The high-density development […]

Hydro-Brake Optimum® Delivers Tight Fit For New Homes Flood Storage

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Engineers challenged to solve a “tight-fit” surface water management challenge on a new homes development in West Yorkshire turned to Hydro-Brake Optimum® to keep flood protection measures well within safe limits. At the Saffron Park housing development in Liversedge, the designers Paul Waite Associates Ltd needed to engineer stormwater attenuation in an extensive pipe storage […]

Sustainable Drainage Infrastructure for Cambridge Homes Expansion

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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 Wales – whilst demonstrating that the solution for every site must be individual. The SuDS solution at Great Kneighton […]

Developer Saves Stormwater Storage Costs

The Gracemount Homes development. Photo courtesy of Edinburgh City Council

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 high performance Hydro-Brake Optimum® to control surface water which saved the developers over 30% in storage construction costs. “We had been reviewing […]

Housebuilder’s New Vision for SuDS

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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 when it was first talked about, the new 2550-home, 521-acre development at Berewood near Waterlooville was going to strive for the […]

Business Park Hydro-Brakes Engineer in Nature’s Way

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Environmental performance is a priority for developers of the prestigious new Meltonwest Business Park on the rural outskirts of Hull, who have used Hydro-Brake® Flow Control technology to engineer a natural solution to surface water drainage. Hull-based developers the Wykeland Group chose a sustainable drainage solution to regulate the expected high surface water flows created […]

Stormwater Storage Built into University Foundations

The Stormbloc® Tank

The construction of UPP’s new hall of residence at The University of Exeter has incorporated an innovative and space-saving, stormwater storage solution, using Hydro Stormbloc® within the foundation of the building. UPP, the UK’s leading provider of campus infrastructure and residential management services, is delivering the Birks Hall development as part of a £275 million […]

SuDS Solution for £Multi Million A46 Upgrade

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The Highways Agency’s £375 million upgrade to create 28 kilometres of new dual carriageway on the A46 in Nottinghamshire is using a Sustainable Drainage solution combining natural and engineered techniques to achieve pre-development surface water runoff in a sensitive location.

SUDS Infrastructure for Major Homes Development

Aerial Image of Clay Farm Development

Construction of a sustainable drainage infrastructure for the new Clay Farm Housing Development in Cambridge is currently underway. The overall SUDS strategy for the 109 hectare site is based on a series of three large ponds with infiltration and settling basins located across the site.

Pioneering SUDS in Oxfordshire

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Plans to increase housing provision in the picturesque historic market town of Witney, 10 miles west of Oxford are set out in the Oxfordshire Structure Plan which makes provision for some 3,000 dwellings up to the period 2016. One such site, on the former playing fields of Henry Box school, was identified by Oxfordshire County […]

SUDS Trials led to “Twitchers'” Event

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A successful trial in Redditch using vortex flow control devices instead of penstocks to control discharge from balancing ponds proved so successful that rare nesting birds moved in – causing an influx of local ‘twitchers’!   *This is one of a series of case study examples shared by Local Authorities on Engineering Nature’s Way to […]

SUDS From the Start

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Local Authority Shared Case Study: An Aylesbury housing development demonstrates how Local Authorities should insist on SUDS principles from the outset of master planning. This is one of a series of case study examples shared by Local Authorities on Engineering Nature’s Way to outline the experiences of local authorities in introducing SUDS principles in their […]

England’s Best-Kept SUDS Secret

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A pioneering drainage scheme on a Hampshire housing development, acclaimed as a national example of good practice, was only made possible by 18 of the country’s best-kept SUDS secrets. The 1900-home Elvetham Heath development at Fleet is hailed as a shining example of sustainable drainage using linked swales and ponds. It is featured in the […]

Regulating Flows at Sustainable Business Park

Meltonwest Photograph Courtesy of CR Reynolds Ltd.

Environmental performance is a priority for developers of the prestigious new Meltonwest Business Park on the rural outskirts of Hull, who have used Hydro-Brake® Flow Control technology to engineer a natural solution to surface water drainage. Hull-based developers the Wykeland Group chose a sustainable drainage solution to regulate the expected high surface water flows created […]

Steep Sustainability for Welsh Park

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Sustainable commercial development has received a boost in North Wales with the installation of Hydro International’s Stormcell® and Hydro-Brake® Flow Control stormwater control systems on one of the biggest business development projects for many years.

Fastlink to SUDS

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Part of a far-reaching transport and development action plan, the Fastlink bus link scheme along the Livingston / Edinburgh corridor required high performance storage and treatment of stormwater runoff in a constrained space. As West Lothian Council is committed to the principles of SUDS, the infrastructure construction incorporated a Stormcell® Storage system and Downstream Defender® hydrodynamic vortex stormwater treatment separators from Hydro International.