Bob Bray, Principal of Robert Bray Associates – SuDS in everyday living
Dr Rebecca Wade, Urban Water Technology Centre at Abertay University
Danny McKendry, Landscape Architect at Architecture + Design Scotland – SuDS and Placemaking
Andrew Hemingway, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency – Regulation, opportunity and best practice
David Winter, Scottish Water – Sewers for Scotland : present and future
Swaantje Ridegh, Scottish Natural Heritage – The benefits and opportunities of SuDS
51 attended this event on the 4th of November, with a lively main speaker backed by a range of other interesting speakers. Bob Bray presented some inspiring examples of SuDS brought into the heart of placemaking. Using water in a positive way, celebrating it and making the designed landscape multi-purpose so that every part contributes to managing rainfall in a natural and productive manner.
It succeeded in bringing different disciplines together and bringing the speakers to a new audience. The event will be used as a springboard for LIS to become more involved in SuDS issues so that better placemaking can be achieved as well as focussing on the amenity and biodiversity aspects of SuDS. It is clear this will require cross-disciplinary engagement, persuasion and a willingness to address current rules that at present hold back opportunity The Landscape Architecture profession needs to raise its technical knowledge in SuDS so that it is equipped to design with confidence.
Following on from this event, the LIS intend to prepare a proposal of reasoned actions to present at the SuDS Working Party considering how SuDS fits into the upcoming ‘manifesto’.