Research organisation CIRIA launches survey to better understand issues with sustainable drainage solutions

Share your experience of SuDS with CIRIA

As the principles of SuDS (sustainable drainage solutions) become better understood, there are concerns that a lack of understanding by those charged with implementing the solutions may be limited the effectiveness of applications.

In order to understand the issues better, research organisation CIRIA has launched a survy and LI members are urged to complete it: completing the survey should only take around 20 minutes.

Sue Illman, former President of the LI and a passionate advocate of SuDS, explained why she believes it is so important. She said, ‘The conceptual design of SuDS is now becoming more commonplace within the landscape profession, allowing surface water to be managed in both environmentally and creative ways, whilst delivering all the necessary water attenuation benefits. The recent update to the SuDS Manual now documents the design side comprehensively, but there remain concerns that problems during construction may undermine the design ethos and its functional performance.  CIRIA has therefore set up a new research project to produce SuDS construction guidance (RP1028) which will help reduce the risks of faults during construction. It will cover the construction process from its initial planning stages, through to the completion of all phases.

‘We would like to know the problems that you have encountered, and how they were resolved. We would also like to know how you avoided potential problems and any examples of good practice that you may know. This will help us scope and plan the content of this guidance, and the way in which it can be presented most effectively to those who need to use it.

‘Please feel free to pass this questionnaire to any of your colleagues or contractors you have worked with who have direct SuDS construction experience, as we wish to consult as widely as possible about these issues.’

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