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8 WATER Q1 What projects are you both currently involved in when not teaching CIRIA courses? BB: We are both working more on urban SuDS retrofit projects. Increasingly I am also working on projects on existing infrastructure in towns and city centres, for example installing rain gardens in East London. There is also a lot more linking of SuDS with transport and urban design – integrating SuDS into our places and spaces. I’m still working on the SuDS for Schools project, but there are new opportunities coming from retrofit, working closer with the urban landscape. These can be more challenging, but the rewards are greater too! AM: We are working on some really interesting schemes at present. I am currently working on a couple of London schemes, which aim to retrofit SuDS into the urban streetscape. We are also assisting a couple of Local Authorities (LAs) in preparation for the introduction of the SuDS Approval Body (SAB). We are seeing increased interest from different professions including urban designers, third sector organisations and others are still getting involved. It’s exciting to see new disciplines and the community get involved. Q2 The introduction of the National Standards for Sustainable Drainage are on the horizon. What challenges are there likely to be? BB: A lot of the work that we’ve been asked to do isn’t connected to the Standards, it’s because people want to do it. They want SuDS regardless of the Standards because they want sustainable and attractive developments. People are becoming more supportive of SuDS and most of the work we are seeing is independent of the Standards. At the moment, you will have a full SuDS scheme An age of transition and the SuDS proposition Anthony McCloy (AM), McCloy Consulting and Bob Bray (BB), Robert Bray Associates, two of CIRIA’s SuDS course trainers discuss the forthcoming National Standards for Sustainable Drainage and how the industry can prepare


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