Dr Scott Arthur chairs Sustainable Drainage discussion

The survey showed that the implementation of SUDS had substantially achieved its water quality and flood risk management objectives.

Dr Scott Arthur, from the School of the Built Environment, recently chaired a round table discussion on Sustainable Drainage Systems in Scotland.

Scotland has led the way in the UK, and much of the wider world, in making the design and installation of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) compulsory, supported by legislation first established ten years ago. With the rest of the UK looking to the Scottish experience to guide their implementation of SUDS, Dr Scott Arthur recently chaired a round table discussion with representatives from Scottish Water, developers, consultants, SEPA, the Scottish Government, Transport Scotland and Scottish Local Authorities to better understand what lessons had been learnt.

The event was funded by Hydro International and Engineering Nature's Way to mark the publication of a major survey on attitudes to SUDS in Scotland. Both the report and the discussion concluded that although the implementation of SUDS in Scotland had been hugely successful, there were still opportunities to improve their design, constructions and maintenance.

Full details can be found on the Engineering Nature's Way website.