The past few months have been a time of great success here at McCloy Consulting.
For a number of years Anthony has been an advocate in the uptake and delivery of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS). There is a growing appreciation that SuDS delivers much more that flood management and if designed correctly can provide pleasurable places to be for local communities.
A prime example of how SuDS can deliver these wider benefits is the Bridget Joyce Square, London. We worked with London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Robert Bray Associates to undertake a SuDS design for a large street scene in a highly urbanised area of London.
The project was borne out of a neighbourhood improvement consultation to create a valuable community space. The scheme focused on urban renewal and it was realised that sustainability could play a instrumental part of the design, transforming a once mundane road into an environmentally sustainable ‘urban oasis’. At the heart of the design there are various multi-functional SuDS features.
The road has been retrofitted with permeable pavements, capturing rainfall and directing it to bio-retention basins and raingardens. The existing downpipes from surrounding buildings have been disconnected from the combined sewer and diverted raingardens and basins. This water could previously would have gone straight down the drain.
There are also substantial biodiversity and amenity benefits from this scheme with over 2,500 plants and 50 trees planted to utilise the rainwater and create a fantastic child friendly shared space.
ICE London: Award for Community Impact 2016
Sustainable Ireland: Environmental Initiative 2016
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