Drainage and storm water management

Water Resource Management (WRM) is the process by which all elements of the water cycle are considered within a project. It is increasingly important that water is considered as a single, finite resource. A Water Strategy developed after a WRM may include Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) measures; a foul drainage strategy plus a Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) report or summary. Our team has expertise in all these aspects of drainage and storm water management.

We develop integrated urban drainage strategies to balance the needs of flood control and water quality with amenity aspects such as water resources, landscaping potential and creation of wildlife habitats. We address the weaknesses inherent in conventional drainage systems that rely on underground pipes to remove surface water run-off. This can allow untreated water to flow directly into rivers or groundwater leading to flooding if surface routes or blocked drains cannot cope.

Where possible SUDS enable rainwater to naturally drain into the subsoil and reduce the risk of ‘nonpoint source’ pollution caused by runoff flowing over the land picking up pollutants. SUDS use a variety of techniques to manage runoff flow, including porous pavements, swales, balancing ponds and passive treatment systems.

Out team carries out condition assessment of flood defence assets plus feasibility studies, cost benefit analyses and we offer strategic advice for flood defence works. We address detailed river edge design and site supervision. We take a strategic approach to detailed design of hydraulic control structures including weirs, monitoring stations, sluices and outfalls. We use hydraulic studies including assessment of flood water levels, flood storage and defence and hydraulic engineering of country parks, gardens and heritage properties.


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Project

13/06/2014

Working closely with architects SOM and our colleagues based in the UK, USA and China, our team prepared a detailed economic strategy to support a concept masterplan for the proposed JingJin New Economic City.

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Project

13/06/2014

Al Ha’ir Lakes is the fifth and final zone of Wadi Hanifah. Located 25km downstream of Riyadh, Al Ha’ir is at the end of the wadi catchment and receives the greatest amount of water flow in the Wadi. Working with the client, we identified the Lakes District site as a valuable open space resource for the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh.

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13/06/2014

Ad’Diriyah represents a series of stunning historic oasis settlements situated in Wadi Hanifah, itself an area of outstanding natural beauty, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s capital city, Riyadh. The site is both the location for the founding of modern Saudi Arabia as well as the birth of the Wahab school of Islam (the “Oneness Movement”).

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Project

13/06/2014

Dar Es Salaam faces some key social and economic challenges as one of the poorest countries in Africa, with growing inequality despite GDP growth of 5-6% per year. There is a growing backlog of urban infrastructure requirements and transportation relies primarily on privately provided mini-buses. Water and electricity household connections remain low and 80% of housing is ‘informal’. In the past, masterplans for the city have not been implemented due to a lack of coordinated planning and inadequate resources.

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Project

22/11/2012

The Kama Tri-City region is one of the major industrial centres in Russia. It sits upon 30% of the world’s potash resources, a key fertiliser, and also holds metals, oil and gas reserves. It should be a buoyant area. All the major businesses together with new players have plans for expansion. Instead it is suffering from a declining working-age population and increasing proportion of elderly residents.

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Project

11/09/2012

The Metropolitan Development Strategy for the Ar’Riyadh Region (MEDSTAR) is the regulatory planning document governing Riyadh’s strategic development. Significant changes have been observed in the development of Riyadh since the preparation and implementation of the original MEDSTAR plan. These changes are most recognisable in its demographic profile and economic growth trajectories. This has resulted in, among other things, higher demands for social infrastructure and environmental controls.

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Project

13/08/2012

BuroHappold is currently working on the 70 acre development in the Imbi area fronting Jalan Tun Razak. The Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) is a key enabler to strengthen the position of Kuala Lumpur as the global financial city of choice. TRX aims to bring together leading financial institutions and top global companies to create a catalytic pool of world-class players. 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is the Master Developer for TRX.

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Project

26/09/2011

Stratford Town City Link was a proposal for a new state of the art pedestrian bridge over a railway that links Stratford station in east London to a new shopping complex developed by Westfield.

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Project

26/05/2011

The site of the Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City development is adjacent to the Arabian Gulf coastline, 85km south of Kuwait City. From two environmentally impoverished hyper saline creeks, an ecologically rich waterway city is growing....

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David Palmer

Associate Director

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