How SuDS Can Mitigate Flood Risk and the Impacts of Climate Change: WATER MANAGEMENT Smart Class 2022 Retrospective


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With Climate Change making flood issues across the country even more severe, and an increased number of funding opportunities from different sources, it is the perfect time to address the devastating effects of flooding and its consequences for a rising population. Project Centre, part of Marston Holdings, is helping both public and private sector organisations develop flood alleviation schemes that reduce the flood risk to people and properties across the UK.

“Since the creation of Project Centre and its Flood and Water Management team, we have been passionate about providing solutions that deliver multiple benefits for people, nature and the built environment”, says Principal Civil Engineer, Javier Soto Martin. “We design flood alleviation schemes, traditional drainage and sustainable drainage systems (SuDS), as well as advise on planning processes and public consultations”.

As an alternative to traditional, hard engineered piped drainage systems, SuDS work with and mimic natural processes to store and treat stormwater. At WATER MANAGEMENT Smart Class 2022, Javier – supported by Technical Director, Michelle Hope – presented a recent scheme developed for the London Borough of Waltham Forest: the South Chingford Flood Mitigation scheme. Historical located flooding water within the critical drainage area (CDA) is due to a combination of “original surface water network capacity against urban development, increased rainfall intensity peakiness and climate change effects”.

Javier and Michelle talked us through the Integrated Urban Drainage (IUD) model (Tuflow 2D modelling) for the South Chingford CDA, along with the design process, and demonstrated how SuDS can address and reduce flood risk but also provide an opportunity to improve biodiversity, ecology and water quality.

They also explained how the scheme has given residents the opportunity to increase their interaction with wildlife through improving local parks, as well as creating a space for socialising, contemplation and recreation through the inclusion of incidental play features that enable interaction with the new habitats.

Delegates were able to delve deeper into effective SuDS measures during Javier and Michelle’s hosted roundtable sessions.

If you satisfy our regular delegate qualification criteria but were unable to join us in Birmingham on November 10th for the live in-person event at The BCEC, CLICK HERE and complete the short “Download form” (located at the bottom of the post) to receive a unique link enabling free access to the presentation video recordings and slides (including the film footage and slides from Javier and Michelle’s initial presentation).

Those qualifying to receive the rich presentation content from this event include commissioning, procurement, innovation, trialling and partnering leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers, environmental managers, policy makers and planners from UK water companies and utilities, wastewater and sewer operators, lead local flood authorities (unitary authorities and county councils), city/borough/metropolitan councils, district councils, combined authorities, highways authorities, prime contractors, general insurers, large water consumers, central governmental and regulatory bodies (e.g. Defra, DCLG, Ofwat, Environment Agency, DWI, SEPA), independent industry and consumer organisations (e.g. Water UK, CCW) etc.

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WATER MANAGEMENT Smart Classes show key buyer side stakeholders how deploying the latest digital technology-enabled solutions and best practices can help manage the distribution and management of water resources, and also offers utilities an opportunity to improve efficiency and customer service whilst reducing water scarcity. WATER MANAGEMENT Smart Class 2022 will be hosted in Birmingham on November 10th.


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