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 [...]
As Britain is gripped by a floods crisis, Government indecision and inertia is seriously delaying vital work to protect thousands of homes and properties in the UK. Devastating flooding could cause £millions of damage in scenes reminiscent of the 2007 floods which prompted a groundbreaking Government review by Sir Michael Pitt. Yet how much real [...]
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.
As drought was followed by deluge, recent weather patterns underlined the urgency of finding sustainable means of controlling surface water flows has not diminished.Flooding exacerbated by a ground hardened through drought prevented surface water infiltrating through the soil. Climate change is leading both to longer, dryer periods and to more intense storm events, which meteorologists [...]
Hydro International is launching the Hydro-Brake OptimumTM, a new vortex flow control that represents a major advance in vortex technology. Hydro-Brake OptimumTM promises to set new standards in design versatility and hydraulic performance in drainage and sewerage systems. The Hydro-Brake OptimumTM dispenses with the need to choose from a range of sizes and types and [...]
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.
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 [...]
The Environment Agency’s radical solution to hold back water from the River Douglas, just a mile from the town centre, has provided the answer to reducing the flood risk to around 600 properties.
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 [...]
The world’s largest ever Hydro-Brake® Flow Control devices have been installed as part of Glasgow City Council’s £53 million White Cart Water Flood Prevention scheme. The scheme is designed to protect 1,750 properties in the South of the city from the risk of flooding.
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 [...]
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 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.
As part of the flood alleviation programme for the main street of the pretty Leicestershire village of Worthington, Severn Trent Water designed a 310 m3 stormwater storage facility. To provide the discharge control, Severn Trent Water specified a Hydro-Brake® Flow Control, which ensures a maximum discharge of 40 l/s to the local watercourse treatment works.
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.
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.