CIRIA releases updated SuDS guidance for industry

Construction industry research group CIRIA has updated its guidance on the design, construction and maintenance of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS).

Revised SuDS guidance launched. Image: Pixabay
Revised SuDS guidance launched. Image: Pixabay

The SuDS Manual (C697) was first published by CIRIA in 2007. The updated manual (now C753) incorporates the very latest research, industry practice and guidance requirements to meet the framework set out by the Government's 'non-statutory technical standards'. It also supports the cost-effective delivery of multiple benefits of SuDS.

New chapters in the manual include Designing for amenity, Designing for biodiversity, Designing for specific site conditions, Designing for roads and highways, Designing for urban areas, Trees, Materials and Health and Safety.

The updated SuDS Manual (C753) is collaboratively funded and is free to download from the CIRIA website.

Paul Shaffer, associate at CIRIA, commented: "The SuDS Manual reflects CIRIA's stance that well designed SuDS deliver multiple benefits, as well as manage local flood risk. The manual is the cornerstone of CIRIA's work on SuDS that includes the BeST project (Benefits of SuDS Tool), susdrain, CIRIA's SuDS training and extensive catalogue of SuDS-related guidance."

CIRIA is also developing future work to improve the SuDS construction, planning and assessment, Shaffer added.

CIRIA also manages the Susdrain website ( that provides a range of resources and information for those involved in delivering SuDS.guidance, case studies, facts sheets, videos, galleries, blogs and other resources to underpin the delivery of SuDS.

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