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Highlights of the IGNITION project

Gain insight into Greater Manchester’s IGNITION project, developing a replicable approach to planning and evaluating urban SuDS retrofit.

Since 2019, the IGNITION project has explored how Greater Manchester can accelerate the delivery of urban nature-based solutions to build a climate resilient city-region. Supported by the Urban Innovations Actions Fund, the project brought together twelve partners from local government, universities, NGOs and business to develop pathways to accelerate public-private investment nature-based solutions.

One strand of the project focused on collaborative investment approaches to tackling urban surface water flooding by:
  • Identifying hotspots for multi-partner investment in urban SuDS retrofit
  • Piloting the development of an urban SuDS neighbourhood including:
    • Developing conceptual SuDS designs
    • Modelling potential benefits to receiving sewer networks and surface water flood risk
    • Estimate of likely scheme costs
    • Building a multi-partner business case
  • Testing a replicable methodology for the adaptation of sewer models to represent SuDS.
This webinar, hosted by CIRIA's susdrain community, will present an overview of the IGNITION project and then provide a deep dive into the SuDS neighbourhood pilot focusing on the planning, modelling and impact evaluation of retrofit SuDS neighbourhood in Walkden, Salford.

Why attend
  • Understand the challenges, opportunities and guidance available to stakeholders looking to develop a robust business case for investment in nature-based solutions
  • Learn about the IGNITION evidence repository of existing and emerging evidence on the performance and potential economic, environmental and social benefits and Living Lab at the University of Salford.
  • Gain insight into developing SuDS retrofit solutions and business cases.
  • Understand the options available for modelling SuDS benefits linked to stakeholder business case development.
  • Earn valuable CPD.
Who should attend
  • Local authorities
  • Sewerage Undertakers
  • Environmental regulators
  • Consultants
  • Researchers
  • SuDS designers
  • Environmental organisations
  • susdrain partners and supporters
Wednesday 25 May 2022
11:00 – 12:30

11:00 Welcome and introduction
Dr Louise Walker, Senior Research Manager, CIRIA

11:05 IGNITION: Accelerating the delivery of urban nature-based solutions in
Greater Manchester
Matt Ellis, Climate Resilience Lead, Environment Agency

11:15 Retrofit SuDS: planning, conceptual design and cost estimation
Phil Williams, Technical Director, The Environmental Protection Group

11:40 SuDS retrofit modelling methods and outcomes
Bridget Woods Ballard, Technical Director, HR Wallingford

12:05 Interactive discussion and Q&A

12:25 Closing remarks

susdrain partners and supporters Free to attend
CIRIA members Free to attend
Non-members Free to attend

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