SuDS at school

The trade association Interpave has published a case study exploring how a new, award-winning school in Kidderminster takes an exemplary approach to sustainable drainage, with a SuDS scheme – incorporating concrete block permeable paving – integral to the project from the very start.

St George’s Primary School, designed by architects Howl Associates, was the Winner of the RIBA Architecture West Midlands Award 2013 and BREEAM rated ‘very good’. Robert Bray Associates’ SuDS and landscape scheme had to resolve complex drainage issues, including the absence of any ‘safe’ exceedance route from the site, as housing occupies the natural route. It utilises several SuDS techniques – including concrete block permeable paving – within a fully developed management train.

The design embraces the SuDS ethos of handling water on or near the surface and maximises opportunities for education and amenity within the landscape. Concrete block permeable pavements providing water storage are used extensively, surrounding and butting up against the building, forming an integral part of the architectural design. But the project also exhibits a range of clever SuDS details using other readily available precast concrete products.

This, and other case studies, as well as Interpave guidance on various topical issues ranging from Sustainability to SuDS, can be downloaded via the Interpave information resource at: www.paving.org.uk