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CIRIA to produce guidance on SuDS and the historic environment

In partnership with the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA), and on behalf of English Heritage, Place Services at Essex County Council has been commissioned to prepare national guidance on SuDS and the historic environment.

‘The aim of the project is to research, compile and produce national guidance on sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and the historic environment, to enable the delivery of good practice and to inspire professional practitioners across a range of environmental disciplines,’ explains senior historic environment consultant at Place Services Adrian Gascoyne.
The guidance will serve to reduce detrimental impacts on the historic environment as a result of engineering, urban and landscape design responses to problems of surface water run-off and flooding, by helping to ensure the heritage dimension is included in SuDS decision making and design, he adds. ‘It will also help identify opportunities where the implementation and operation of SuDS can bring benefits to the historic environment.’
As a critical step in developing the guidance, Place Services is seeking the opinions of future end-users via a questionnaire.
The survey runs until the 6 June, and the final guidance is due to be completed by April 2015, when it will be published alongside CIRIA’s revised SuDS Manual.


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