Drainage Design

The drainage of a development is very rarely seen or thought about by people when looking at a new development which has been constructed. However the drainage designed and installed underground or on the surface as part of surface features is an important and integral part of the design and layout of developments in terms of both dealing with the anticipated flows from a new development, but also ensuring the development does not contribute to increased flood risk to the site itself or other sites in the vicinity.

Design of drainage for a new development or re-development of a current site form a very important part of the site strategy and are closely linked to flood risk. Indeed, some flood risk mitigation measures directly affect the type and design of proposed drainage systems.

From assessment of existing drainage infrastructure on a site to obtain current run off rates, Greenfield and Agricultural run off rate calculations and preliminary drainage strategies through to final detailed design of attenuation and Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) can have a major impact on the development proposed and the layouts and viability of such developments.

It is important from an early stage in any development that drainage is considered and impact dealt with to ensure the site development encompasses all the requirements necessary to meet with the required standards and constraints to meet planning requirements. This is often required to be materially considered as part of a Planning Application.

Drainage can form simple private systems connecting into existing adopted sewers but can also form large adopted systems with integrated SuDS structures to control and manage run off rates from proposed development sites.

Other important considerations which must be borne in mind at the initial stages of development are identifying viable points of discharge from the site for both foul and surface water and acceptable rates of discharge. These can be absolutely critical to the development viability and layout.

Whilst for some Outline Planning Applications a full detailed design for the drainage is not required, the viability of the development to be drained adequately is required to be proven as part of the Outline Planning process.

For Full Planning Applications and reserved matters (discharging planning conditions on a valid planning permission) a full drainage design is required to ensure that the site can be drained adequately and meet the requirements of the Planning Conditions imposed. This usually involves construction drawings and full hydraulic calculations to support the design and drawings.

Sanderson Associates Drainage Design Services.

Sanderson Associates provide a comprehensive drainage design service which include assessment of existing drainage infrastructure through to design of new systems including attenuation and other forms of SuDS to adoptable standards for development.

Sanderson Associates have undertaken many and varied types of drainage design from preliminary assessments for small developments through to full detailed design and adoption through S104 agreements for large employment and residential developments.

Our drainage design service offers valuable advice to clients on the most cost affective and viable solutions to drainage problems and options available including sustainable systems.

Our drainage expertise also follows through into our Flood Risk Assessment Services which ensures that any drainage or flood risk mitigation measures recommended as part of a Flood Risk Assessment are best value design and bespoke to any such development. Please visit our dedicated flood risk site www.floodrisk.co.uk for further information on our flood risk services and expertise.

Require the Services of a Drainage Design Consultant?

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What our Clients' say:

Transport Statement and Access Advice, Residential Development Circa 60 Dwellings – Testimonial

Fri 5 May 2017

During the course of the compiling the report for submission to planning I found Adam Darwin’s attitude and approach was very professional and supportive. We had several issues to resolve and I found him to respond very quickly and produce revised drawing for discussion with an excellent turnaround time. His phone manner and advice were […]

Flood Risk Assessment, Data Centre, Keighley

Wed 8 March 2017

Good communication and persistence coupled with a high level of professional expertise, has enabled what looked initially to be an insurmountable objection to be overcome. J O Steel, J O Steel Consulting, Bingley

Swept Path Analysis, New Build House, Testimonial

Wed 15 February 2017

Sandersons were appointed to conduct our swept path analysis study for a modern new build house in London. We found the service personable, attentive and thorough. Further, when confronted by a design problem, they were creative and positively contributed to its resolution. Ben Kirk, Associate, Edgley Design

Transport Statement – Proposed Residential Development, Shipley

Thu 8 December 2016

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Transport Statement, Proposed Residential Development, 6 Detached Dwellings

Wed 23 November 2016

Mr Greenwood is a highway wizard and worked his magic on the Hardingham scheme, without Sandersons input I am confident this scheme would have not passed… Henry Isotta-Day – Architectural Design Engineer, Clayland Architects

Flood Risk Assessment, Proposed Residential Development, Cobham, Surrey

Fri 28 October 2016

We were very pleased with the service received and the positive outcome for our client, and would not hesitate to recommend for flood risk assessments. Thanks very much for helping us with this project. Malcolm Jenkins, Architect, Malcom Jenkins Associates

Technical Letter in Support of Residential Development

Thu 28 July 2016

Recently worked with Robert in order to turn round a planning application which was being recommended for refusal due to Highways objections at the eleventh hour. On this one we had to really think out of the box quickly to mitigate the concerns. Robert was instrumental in coming up with options and innovative ideas and […]

Stage 3 Road Safety Audit

Mon 25 July 2016

The service provided was professional direct to the point and alternatives were provided on discussion of the reports requirements, a user friendly service in every way to a legacy job with very little background information. Thank you Steven Johnston – Keepmoat Regeneration Ltd

Flood Risk Assessment, Proposed Residential Development.

Fri 8 July 2016

Thank you for your assistance on the Flood Risk assessment in relation to our works being carried out at the house. I would like to add that I only called yesterday seeking advice on a flood risk assessment not knowing what it entails and you have acted extremely quickly. You listened and gave valuable, honest […]

Highways Advice, Proposed Residential Development, Micklepage Paddock

Wed 29 June 2016

I would just like to reiterate my thanks, together with those of my clients, for all the work that you did in assisting to obtain planning permission for the above project. Highways had always indicated that being able to provide adequate sight lines onto the main road would be a major factor in determining this […]

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