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SUDS Seminar hailed a great success

The UK’s dedicated sustainable drainage and water management expert Polypipe Water Management Solutions (WMS) hosted its fifth and most successful SUDS seminar in London last month (Novemebr).

Engineers, architects, developers, and local authority representatives turned out in force for Polypipe’s ‘SUDS: Planning for Change’ event on Tuesday 22 November, which featured more speakers than ever before.

The free one-day CPD seminar held at London’s IET Savoy Place provided delegates with an updated look at challenging industry drivers affecting SUDS and water management best practice in the UK.

Seven guest speakers shared valuable insight into new legislation, guidelines and innovative SUDS design, covering a wealth of topics including retrofitting surface water management, green infrastructure, permeable paving systems, geocellular tank design and the impact of the Floods and Water Management Act.

Chairing the seminar, Rachel Smith, Head of Marketing at Polypipe Civils said: “This annual event continues to

grow in popularity and the feedback received on the day was superb.

“The recent changes in legislation have given rise to a number of questions, particularly from local authorities who have found themselves responsible for the planning and implementation of SUDS schemes. We are optimistic that those delegates who have attended our event will now have a deeper understanding of legislation and are better able to make informed decisions.”

Twitter users were also able to follow live updates from the event via the hashtag #SUDS2011

The speakers at the event were:

Paul Shaffer, CIRIA,

Retrofitting Surface Water management: From challenge to opportunity

Stephen Knight, Licensed Code Assessor

Compliance with the Code for Sustainable Homes

Glyn Hyett, Managing Director, 3P Technik UK

An emerging technology for improving water quality

Professor Richard Ashley, University of Sheffield

The impact of the Floods and Water Management Act on Local Authorities, Designers and Engineers

Steve Wilson, Technical Director of EPG

Structural Design of Modular and

Geocellular Drainage Tanks: Common design and Construction pitfalls

Roger Nowell, Sheffield County Council

SUDS and green infrastructure

Phil Tomlinson, Permavoid The role of Engineered SUDS Solutions

For more information on SUDS, please visit


Consultation sought on the SUDS proposals in the Flood

& Water Managment Act This consultation presents DEFRA’s proposals to implement the requirements for sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) in new and redeveloped sites in England, which are provided for in Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act (2010). The Welsh Government will be consulting separately about implementation in Wales.

Land Drainage Views are being sought on the:

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Impact Assessment; National Standards; and

Statutory Instruments including proposals for approval and adoption.

DEFRA also proposes developing guidance to support the National Standards for Sustainable Drainage. This will be in collaboration with interested parties and Expressions of interest from anyone who would like to contribute to the development of the guidance should be submitted to by 20 January 2012

Developers are already encouraged to build sustainable urban drainage systems, but it is estimated that less than 40% of developments are drained using SuDS. The Government wants to increase the use of SuDS in new developments and redevelopments wherever possible by establishing the National Standards.

Deadline for responses to the consultation is 13 March 2012.

The Consultation Document can be found here: 111120.pdf

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