CONGRATULATIONS to all involved in the Wigan Flood Alleviation Scheme which fought off stiff competition to win the Large Project Award at the North West Civil Engineering Awards 2013. According to the ICE’s North West branch report the £11.2 million scheme “stood out for several reasons: It was well optioneered; it was a non-mechanical sustainable [...]
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.
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 [...]
The new SuDS Retrofitting guidance by CIRIA was launched this last Monday (23 April), after a very long gestation period, and I was really pleased to finally have it available, and to have been part of one of the launch events. A few things sprang to mind as a consequence of the session, with the [...]
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 [...]
The extent and passion of the debate over the proposed £4.1 billion Thames Tunnel “super sewer” has highlighted the mountain still to climb in reaching a vision for integrated urban water management in the UK which can be shared and owned by all stakeholders including planners, designers, the water companies and the general public. Thames [...]
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. Doubling the surface area of the metalled Newark to Widmerpool trunk road would have created [...]
Micro Drainage is hosting a series of training courses during November at its Newbury headquarters. 22.11.11 Storage, Attenuation and Simulation 23.11.11 Sustainable Drainage Systems 24.11.11 Checking and Auditing WinDes Submissions Access further details and book
In the case of SuDS is bigger always better? I have heard all sorts of arguments for why a single pond is the only solution to a site’s surface water drainage scheme. “Maintenance will be easier”, “there will be more biodiversity with a bigger pond”, “bigger ponds have more storage and therefore the risk is [...]
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.
My first thought when the Henry Box Development got planning permission was ‘how on earth are we going to drain it?’ The site was within the flood plain, and generally had a very high water table. My next thought was: this had to be a SUDs site. Up to this time we really had only [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The Hydro Stormbloc® modular underground storage and infiltration system has been awarded prestigious British Board of Agrément (BBA) certification following a rigorous independent testing and validation programme. The endorsement confirms that cellular design of Stormbloc® meets high product performance specifications and quality manufacturing standards, backed by physical testing witnessed by the BBA and auditing of [...]
A SUDS pond is a man-made pool that enables storage of stormwater in a natural environment with aquatic vegetation planted along its banks that encourages wildlife. Ponds provide stormwater attenuation and flood alleviation whilst providing a landscaped amenity in housing or commercial developments.
The Hop Oast Park & Ride facility, designed in line with Horsham District Council’s policy of providing sustainable infrastructure and services, is used to reduce long stay parking in the town centre. Adding further to its green credentials, the council installed a porous pavement with a Hydro Stormwater Package System to ensure controlled, unpolluted surface water discharge to the local watercourse.
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.
Collecting rainwater where it falls and making it immediately available for reuse makes perfect sense. As well as saving water, rainwater harvesting can provide SUDS-compliant attenuation and storage at-source.
Infiltration is a priority process for Sustainable Drainage Systems to ensure control of water as close as possible to the point of falling and mimic natural processes.
Harnessing natural kinetic energy to control the flow of water is at the heart of the Hydro-Brake® Flow Control principle – and it’s the same from the smallest to the largest.
In developing 25 homes at Cannon Lane and Brook Lane in Tonbridge, Kent, Hillreed Homes had to implement specialist measures for building on a flood plain.