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LI Webinar: Managing Surface Water: Busting the Myths About SuDS and Demystifying Permeable Pavements


Sustainable Drainage Systems (or “SuDS”) have been around for over quarter of a century, however are still viewed by many designers as new or unproven concepts. As a result, these simple, highly effective and frequently cost-saving measures are often overlooked when designing new and retrofit water management schemes, meaning that the multiple benefits associated with these systems (such as improved air and water quality and wider biodiversity) are also missed.   

This session is intended to dispel some of the most common misunderstandings about SuDS and provide practitioners with the knowledge and evidence to confidently integrate these systems into their schemes. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • Understand the basic principles of SuDS and their position within a pragmatic water management hierarchy  
  • Understand how permeable paving works, and the principles behind designing a system  
  • Receive evidence to counter some of the most common excuses people use for not including SuDS on their schemes 


Bill  Blackledge CMLI, Managing Director, 2B Landscape Consultancy

Bill is the director of an LI registered practice, 2B Landscape Consultancy. He has been a member of the LI's Technical Committee since 2011, during which time he has worked on 'The Landscape Consultants' Appointment' and 'Visualisation of Development Proposals'. He has a deep interest in Green Infrastructure, SuDS and Natural Flood Management. 



Chris Griffiths, Head of Product Sustainiability, Marshalls Plc

Chris has worked for Marshalls for 10 years, and first came across SuDS as a Code for Sustainable Homes assessor in 2008. He promotes a pragmatic and holistic approach to flood mitigation and has become a committed and vocal campaigner in the sector. He works with a wide range of stakeholders (both in the UK and abroad) to better understand and promote integration of quality SuDS into modern landscapes, and in the course of this work has instigated and led a number of detailed research projects into the performance of permeable block paving.




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