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AM: LAs should be ready for the Standards, and should start to informally consider a selection of live schemes (where they will not be required to adopt) in parallel with the current planning process. These schemes could be assessed for criteria that are established within the draft Standards providing an opportunity to rehearse discussions and negotiations with colleagues, developers and other stakeholders. This would identify potential pitfalls and challenges in the process, before the system goes live. It’s not all about evaluation of design, however, consideration will also have to be given to inspection and installation, in terms of timing, and how performance could be assessed. CIRIA SuDS training CIRA offers: SuDS Foundation Designing SuDS Both courses are available for open and inhouse delivery. SAB facilitation workshop (inhouse delivery only) All courses can be bespoked to suit individual organisations’ needs. To find out more please visit www.ciria.org/training or email nipa.patel@ciria.org For more information on SuDS and progress on the development of the National Standards for SuDS and the CIRIA SuDS Manual visit www.susdrain.org CIRIA SuDS trainers Anthony McCloy is a Chartered Civil Engineer. He has specific expertise in hydrology and hydraulic modelling and is well versed in the wide range of SuDS components. Q1 Do you think the widespread implementation and adoption of SuDS has reached critical mass? BB: Yes definitely! Most of the work I am currently doing is for people who want to get on with it. SuDS are not the norm, but people are getting on with it. They’re not questioning whether we should do SuDS, but ‘when’ and ‘how’ instead. The Standards aren’t needed to persuade them – but others like some developers may benefit from their introduction. Even the naysayers will complain about it until they realise SuDS aren’t as complicated as initially thought. Bob Bray is a Landscape Architect, who since 1996 has been prominent in the design, management and promotion of SuDS for a diverse range of developments. Steve Wilson is a Civil Engineer and Technical Director at The Environment Protection Group Ltd. Steve has over 20 years practical experience of geotechnical and environmental design for civil engineering and building structures including drainage design and redevelopment of contaminated land. 600+ schemes delivered by CIRIA trainers 10 CIRIA trainers involved in developing 10 local/national SuDS guidance documents 40 years of experience between all CIRIA trainers 25 years of experience CIRIA trainers share working with local authorities 7 17 national exemplar schemes delivered by CIRIA trainers AM: There are still some challenges ahead, particularly in relation to housing development schemes. Many developers are yet to realise that well designed SuDS actually cost less than the traditional drainage equivalent. From discussions with the main stakeholders (the people who live with SUDS schemes outside their front door) they fully appreciate the numerous tangible and intangible benefits provided by SuDS. Once these benefits are realised by the wider community and the uncertainties and myths removed the demand will inevitably increase, and SuDS delivery and adoption will become the norm. Steve Wilson EPG Ltd Anthony McCloy McCloy Consulting Bob Bray Robert Bray Associates WATER 10


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