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SuDS Manual wins recognition from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

Monday, November 21, 2016


The SuDS Manual project led by HR Wallingford has been highly commended in the 2016 Chris Binnie Award for Sustainable Water Management in an awards ceremony held on Friday 7 October 2016.

The Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) published the first SuDS (sustainable drainage systems) Manual in 2007. Since then, understanding has grown, in the UK and internationally, about how sustainable drainage systems should be incorporated into developments to maximise the many benefits that they can provide. 

HR Wallingford led a team of experts in updating CIRIA’s SuDS Manual to reflect latest research and best practice, and to ensure that it would remain the key reference document for sustainable drainage systems planning and design in the UK, used by both decision-makers and practitioners.

The ICE Water Expert Panel identified The SuDS Manual (2015) project as one of the strongest candidates in this year’s awards. The Chris Binnie Award for Sustainable Water Management recognises work which has benefited society by improving the sustainability of water.

The new Manual is intended to be read by landscape architects, architects, planners, urban designers, developers, environmental regulators, ecologists, drainage approval bodies, highways authorities, sewerage undertakers, contractors and proprietary drainage and other product manufacturers. It promotes an integrated SuDS philosophy that helps planners and designers secure the greatest value from surface water, whilst effectively mitigating flooding and pollution risks posed by surface water runoff from developments.

A key message in the new Manual is that SuDS should be considered early and fully integrated into the surface water management and urban design process. This then encourages the design of drainage systems that consider every opportunity for enhancing both natural and built infrastructure, and so deliver value for money to a wide range of stakeholders, including local communities.

HR Wallingford's SuDS experts are the lead authors of the manual. The project team included CIRIA, the Environmental Protection Group, EcoFutures, Grant Associates and Illman Young.

Read the case study on the ICE website which describes 'The Multiple Benefits of the new CIRIA SuDS Manual (2015)'


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