leading the way in suds for uk and european practitioners

Greenbelt Group has been sharing its' expertise of sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) with a visiting group at their showcase site at North Hamilton in Leicester.

The visit took place on a frosty morning on the 6th December 2012 and was led by Neil Berwick, SUDS Technical Consultant from the University of Abertay Dundee, and our Operations Supervisor for the area, Nick Upton.

The aim of the day was to disseminate water management best practice to UK and European water professionals and academics.

Neil and Nick were joined by Local Authority staff from Coventry City Council and Stratford upon Avon Council, academics and students from Coventry University and a visiting engineer, Sara Perales, from Spain. Sara is working within the EU funded AQUAVAL project, in partnership with Coventry University, to promote the use of SUDS in the Valencia region of Spain.

The site includes 27 hectares of public open space and features an extensive SUDS management train, designed to manage surface water runoff from the development, reducing both pollution and flood risk to the Melton Brook. Greenbelt is working in partnership with the Humberstone Trust to provide a site specific management solution ensuring the SUDS are not only functional but also maintained to a high standard.

Neil Berwick from the University of Abertay (centre) explains to the visiting group the challenges of managing complex SUDS schemes.Neil explained to the group that "The site is a fantastic example of how SUDS can be incorporated within new developments, providing biodiversity rich 'green corridors' which are attractive and accessible areas for local residents....this is an excellent example of the benefits SUDS can bring to society".

The visit was deemed a great success by all, informing best practice in both the UK and Spain.