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SuDS, landscaping & external works


From the ground up


In the face of rapid urbanisation, Andrew Cullum of Polypipe makes a case for Sustainable Drainage Solutions (SuDS), exploring how effective water management solutions can enhance flood resilience while providing environmental benefits for years to come


tackle the need for more homes in urban centres, and the reality of having to make use of land prone to flooding. According to the Government’s recent housing figures, 217,350 new


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homes have been added to the UK housing market in the past financial year - the highest build rate since 2007. Coinciding with the rise in new housing, the number of extreme weather events in the UK has quadrupled in recent years, posing potential flood risk to densely populated urban centres, where drainage and storm management systems are already under considerable strain.


42 | HMM January 2018 | www.housingmmonline.co.uk


he recent launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy brought together ideas from a number of different department white papers and construction sector reviews to lay the foundations of how the UK will


Green rooftop solutions also encourage biodiversity by enabling the plantation of seeds and local vegetation


Cities such as York and Carlisle have all suffered following seasonal deluges in recent years. Sustainable Drainage Solutions (SuDS) are the first line of defence against


floods in heavily urbanised areas, where a lack of natural ‘soak away’ features can prevent rainfall from draining away naturally. Combined with the increased


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