What is Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)?

Water Sensitive Urban Design is an opportunity to create beautiful, successful and resilient places. It is undeniable that the relationship between water and our urban areas needs to be given a higher priority to provide integrated solutions to flood risk management, sustainable water use and supply and the improvement of water quality in our treasured watercourses. This priority needs to be applied in an integrated way by the people and partners that plan and design the built environment. In doing so, we can bring together the skills and creativity of practitioners who plan and design the places we live in to bring much wider benefits to communities.


Water Sensitive Urban Design in the UK

Water Sensitive Urban Design in the UK CIRIA together with its funders and partners has launched an ideas booklet (C723), scoping study (C724) and animation to discuss and promote the role of water sensitive urban design in the UK.

WSUD outputs for schools


CIRIA, has been working with Business in the Community and other partners including Arup, Aecom, room60 and the Landscape Institute to develop some WSUD materials that can be used by schools to encourage better water management. We have developed an animation and poster that can be viewed here. 

 

 

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Supporting the delivery of Water Sensitive Urban Design - enabling high quality development (P2957)
WSUD creates attractive, functional and valued places that are also sensitive to the needs of the water cycle. It overcomes challenges around water resources, localised flooding; the capacity of water supply, wastewater networks and water quality.

CIRIA is seeking support and funding to provide new guidance which will support the delivery of WSUD to effectively enable development.