CIRIA’s (Construction Industry Research and Information Association) SuDS Manual (C753) was launched at the House of Commons on 12 November and is described as,“the most comprehensive industry SuDS guidance available in the UK” and is a, “one-stop-shop for delivering SuDS”, focusing on the cost-effective planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance.
The SuDS manual (C697), published in 2007, is highly regarded and considered one of CIRIA’s most influential areas of work. In recognition of the interdisciplinary nature of SuDS as well as increased knowledge and research, the SuDS manual has been updated to incorporate the latest technical advice and adaptable processes to assist in the planning, design, construction, management and maintenance of good SuDS.
The updated SuDS Manual incorporates the very latest research, industry practice and guidance. In delivering SuDS there is a requirement to meet the framework set out by the Government’s ‘non statutory technical standards’ and the revised SuDS Manual complements these but goes further to support the cost-effective delivery of multiple benefits.
A ministerial statement made by The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government earlier this year said that SuDS should be included in the planning system, becoming a requirement that sustainable drainage systems is included in new development design wherever appropriate.