The Greater London Authority is developing guidance to support the better use of sustainable drainage systems in different sectors, and they want your input

The 2017 LI President’s Award-winning project Bridget Joyce Square Community Rainpark demonstrated the value of landscape in addressing local community needs. Image: 46 Photography / Robert Bray Associates / London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

The new guidance will aim to inspire, inform and influence those responsible for managing buildings, estates and landscapes in various sectors. It will encourage the delivery of SuDS by showcasing appropriate SuDS components and their benefits and provide useful advice on how to effectively fund and incorporate them.

The project team has developed a number of surveys to capture knowledge and experience in different sectors. The sectors being considered are listed below, with links to the relevant survey:

  1. Education (schools and tertiary education)
  2. Social housing
  3. Health (mainly hospitals, care homes)
  4. Open space / recreation
  5. Retail
  6. Offices
  7. Industry (warehouses, factories, manufacturing, depots etc)

As well as capturing useful information, completing the surveys will provide a unique opportunity to showcase any relevant work you’ve delivered within these sectors. Each survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete.

The project is being managed by the Construction Industry Information Association (CIRIA), Business in the Community (BITC) and Robert Bray Associates. Read an overview of the project at susdrain.org.

Achieving sustainable drainage

In January 2019, the LI published research into the effectiveness of SuDS policy. It found that on-the-ground delivery was lagging a long way behind the government’s stated ambition.  Find out more and read the research.

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