This research will make a major contribution to increasing the understanding of the treatment processes in SUDS and provide case study material to promote their use at other new developments. The client Grainger Plc has been very satisfied with the outcome of this long term consultation and design process.
“Being a pioneer on a large scale SUDS system such as the Newlands project is not for the faint hearted. If the project hadn’t had the determination from all parties we would have probably ended up with a traditional drainage solution,” said development officer John Beresford. The full commitment of all the major stakeholders created the opportunity to consolidate all aspects of SUDS into this one project.
Developers are not adverse to SUDS usually the resistance arises because of the bureaucracy and red tape between the authorities. This usually relates to who will adopt the SUDS system and fear of the unknown. We are hoping that as a result of the Newlands research project we’ll see a guidance note ‘SUDS for adoption’ which will see others incorporate SUDS into their development projects.
The ongoing research work at Newlands is already feeding into the design and construction of the swales and lakes that will become part of Newlands Common. It is hoped that this large-scale scheme and the commitment demonstrated through this project will provide the impetus for other developers and authorities and hopefully help towards preventing the cost and chaos of flooded homes in the future.
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