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SuDS: Changing the Landscape

Lancaster University

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 from 09:00 to 17:00 (BST)

SuDS: Changing the Landscape

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It is intended that a combination of the proposed National Standards for Sustainable Drainage Systems and the SuDS Approving Body (SAB), when finally implemented will change the landscape of future developments. Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs), who will administer the SAB role, and developers will be required to work closely to agree SuDS solutions that will authentically contribute to sustainable development.

This empowering conference will debate the key issues and update its delegates regarding the current status of the SuDS Standards and the SAB implementation. Key issues will include planning, retrofit, SuDS techniques, case studies and maintenance. Furthermore, the 2006 British Water led Technical Mission to the United States of America will provide a robust backdrop to consider what SuDS progress has been made in the UK since the report’s conclusions and recommendations were published eight years ago.

Key Speakers
Jeremy Jones will give the keynote speech. Two additional members of the original USA Mission team will be joined by other notable experts in this sector to complete an excellent programme of speakers.

Alex Stephenson, Hydro International, will chair the conference.

The conference will be of interest to developers, consulting engineers and drainage designers, contractors, SABs and LLFAs, planners, water companies, the Environment Agency and anyone involved in the provision of surface water management and SuDS. Delegates will have the opportunity to comment, ask questions and gain an up-to-date picture of best practice.

09:00 - Arrivals

09:30 - Keynote speaker Jeremy Jones, JRJ Consulting

Jeremy Jones

Jeremy is the lead advisor to DCWW on Surface Water Management and SuDS. He is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist and has over 30 years experience in the field of Water and Infrastructure Engineering. He is a past Chairman of the Wales Branch of CIWEM and sits on the Engineering Professional Board. He provides specialist advice to a number of the leading consultants, contractors and developers as well as Welsh and UK Governments, industry regulators and water companies. Some examples are:

  • Surface Water and SuDS Advisor to Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW)
  • Technical Advisor to Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS)
  • Technical Advisor to Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA)
  • Technical Advisor on the London Olympics
  • Deputy Chair of the Surface Water Management and SUDs Group for Wales
  • Member of UK SUDS steering group
  • Member and co author of the DTI Global Watch Mission Report to the USA 

 He is:
  • Chair of the Water Industry and EA Joint Advisory Group on the technical Application of Surface Water Management and the application of the Water & Flood Management Act (2010)
  • Member of The Project Advisory Board DEFRA on the SUDS Standards
  • Member of Steering group for Guidance on Retrofitting SUDS and SW Management Systems
  • Appointed by Welsh Government to serve on the Statutory Flood Rish Management Committee for Wales (FRMW).


09:50 - Standards/Planning


Robin CampbellRobin Campbell, Ove Arup & Partners

Robin is a Senior Engineer for Ove Arup & Partners with 10 years water engineering and project management experence with a variety of public and private sector clients. Seconded to Bristol City Council, Robin has led their preparations for commencement of Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act and so has developed detailed knowledge of the policy background of SuDS and how this relates to planning processes. Robin and Arup have been supporting the wider West of England partnership of five local authorities in preparing a sustainable drainage design guide. As European Green Capital 2015 and a city with many surface water flood risk challenges, Bristol City Council aims to realise the many opportunities that sustainable drainage presents and are planning to launch interim approach in advance of commencement. Robin is also authoring a Ciria factsheet on current approaches to the adoption and maintenance of sustainable drainage systems by local authorities.

Peter CoombsPeter Coombs, XP Solutions

Peter is a Chartered Water & Environment Engineer (MCIWEM) with over 30 years' experience in AMP as well as design of developmentinfrastructure projects in the fields of highways, hydraulics, surface water management plans and SuDS throughout the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

"The multiple benefits that we could/should be providing with SuDS are my key drivers, beyond the drainage, water quality and amenity aspects I am focused on improved ecosystems and the whole water cycle. I am seeking to address past failings, provide a sustainable balance to enhance the natural environment as well as satisfy the needs of future generations."

There is irrefutable evidence across the developed world that we have failed to plan adequately leaving too many communities at risk to flooding. In the UK we are implementing European led legislation, but the latest draft standards fail to address the key issues of planning and making space for water. Peter's talk will cover global experiences, share the vision(s) being provided to ensure sustainable communities are being developed and how.


Bronwyn Buntine

Bronwyn Buntine, Kent County Council

Bronwyn is a chartered civil engineer with over twenty years of experience in planning for surface water and has considered all aspects of water management in the total water cycle including flooding, water supply, sustainable urban drainage, combined sewer systems and wastewater overflows. Bronwyn is currently involved with implementation of the drainage approving body role within Kent County.

Bronwyn will be speaking on Planning for Sustainable Drainage:

  • Benefits SuDS deliver
  • Constraints
  • Drainage and the masterplanning process
  • Practises informing design

11:20 - Tea / coffee

11:35 - Design

David SchofieldDavid Schofield, Hydro Consultancy

David joined Hydro Consultancy in January 2012 and prior to leading Hydro International's consultancy business he had worked for Arup since 1997. As a Member of both CIWEM and ICE, he has become a prominent water expert with extensive experience of flood risk management, sustainable drainage, water pollution containment, sustainable water management and sewerage design. David has 29 years of infrastructure and water engineering experience and has gained substantial overseas experience, including Europe, China and the Far East, with extended periods in Qatar and Australia.

During March 2006, he was part of a two week British Water led DTI Technical Mission to the USA, to evaluate contemporary sustainable drainage on the eastern and western seaboards. This was followed up with a support role on a UK water companies USA sustainable drainage visit to Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington during November 2011. He has long been an advocate of contemporary sustainable drainage including retrofit and regularly presents on this subject at seminars and conference.

Jo Bradley

Jo Bradley, Environment Agency

Jo is an Environment & Business Advisor with the Environment Agency delivering pollution prevention and control solutions for non-regulated business sectors. She is currently working with highway outfalls, private sewage treatment and construction sites.

Ian TitheringtonIan Titherington, Cardiff City Council

Ian Titherington is a Senior Engineer in the City of Cardiff Council, with 25 years experience in designing and maintaining drainage systems and all associated elements. He is currently the Project Manager for the 'Greener Grangetown' scjeme, after originally formulating the design principles for the project.

13:00 - Lunch

14:00 - Tool Box & Case Studies


Alastair Moseley

Alastair Moseley, Murphy

Alastair works at Murphy Group in Business Development, Water & Wastewater and is the former President of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. His specialist areas include flood risk management, development, maintenance and operation of sewerage networks and sewage treatment works, business development and business creation for small, medium and large consultancy firms, strategic planning for water companies and asset management.

Rachel DeardenRachel Dearden, British Geological Survey

Rachel is a hydrogeologist and developer of applied geological map products at the British Geological Survey. She designed and led the development of the Infiltration SuDS Map and contributes to research aiming to monitor the impact of infiltration SuDS at the catchment scale. 

Martin Fairley

Martin Fairley, ACO

Martin is Reseach Director at ACO Technologies plc and is actively researching SuDS with particular focus on stormwater pollution impact and exeedence management of surface waters off large commercial car parks.

Martin will be speaking on:

  • SuDS challenges for large urban commercial applications
  • Implementing treatement trains on sub 10ha sites
  • Focusing on outcomes - the role of engineered vegatative elements and proprietary products.

15:30 - Tea / coffee

15:45 - Maintenance & Management


David Singleton

David Singleton, DSA

David started DSA ENVIRONMENT + DESIGN in 2005 in Nottingham. The company specialises in landscape planning, design and management with a strongly ecological flavour.  The company has won a number of design awards and plaudits for their work including The Times 'best new-build primary school' for Forest Way School in Coalville.

The broader sims of SuDS as a concept (that water quality, amenity and biodiversity benefits are considered in parallel with managing flows) are actually what distinguishes SuDS from conventional draingage or what one might unkindly call 'pipe and pit' surface water drainage. Management (rather than simply 'maintenance') of SuDS where these are extensive or contain a good sized 'open' component is fundamental to their success. Management must be considered at an early stage in the design process. Natural systems are inherently dynamic and SuDS would be no exception. Management therefore must be flexible to cope with change and seize opportunities as schemes grow and develop and people interact with them.

Tony BarrettTony Barrett, AECOM

Tony has recently joined AECOM as Principal Consultant having led the development of one of the first integrated water management strategies for local government in Austrialia. Now based in Exeter, Tony is now working with key stakeholders in the UK's southwest to establish a common approach to addressing the pressures of climate change and population growth through sustainable management of the urban water cycle.

16:25 - Discussion / interactive session and wrap-up

17:00 - End

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