award success for greenbelt knowledge transfer partnership

Neil Berwick, SUDS advisor on the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Project for Greenbelt has won the 2007 award for the best KTP presentation in Scotland.

He will be presented with his award by Jim Mather, MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism at a ceremony held on 19th February at Dunblane Hydro.

Neil is part of the team at Greenbelt which has formed a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the University of Abertay's Urban Water Technology Centre, funded by the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform, to create a benchmark of best practice for the development industry. It offers guidance in the implementation, monitoring and long-term operation and maintenance of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) in accordance with industry best practice and guidance from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Local Authorities.

Greenbelt's Managing Director Alex Middleton said: "I am very pleased that the good work of Neil and the KTP has been recognised with this award. Our involvement with the KTP reflects Greenbelt's continued commitment to excellence in the ongoing development and use of SUDS in new housing estates."

SUDS replace traditional networks of underground pipes for surface water drainage, improving water quality, creating "green" amenity areas, and importantly, providing storage for surface water runoff. By using a combination of SUDS tools such as permeable paving, detention basins and ponds, surface water runoff can be stored and discharged at a controlled rate, minimising risk of flooding.

Scottish based Greenbelt Group, the only UK-wide company that owns and manages open space land formed as part of new housing developments, has developed expertise in operating and maintaining sustainable drainage systems. It works closely with many of the UK's leading housing developers and manages more than 100 SUDS across the UK.

Neil Berwick said: "I am delighted and proud to accept this award. The KTP is a team effort and I look forward to continuing to work with Abertay University as we lead the way in developing innovative solutions and expertise in SUDS in the future."

April 2008

* Neil Berwick is now with the Urban Water Technology Centre, University of Abertay. Greenbelt have a contract with the university so that our work on SUDS continues. February 2012