With lots of flash flooding across the UK recently and forecasters predicting a turbulent winter ahead, Aggregate Industries has stated that the case for Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) adoption has never been greater.
On the 1 October, the Environment Agency issued 70 flood warnings and 181 alerts across England as torrential downpours drenched many parts of the UK, resulting in nationwide chaos, widespread flooding, travel disruption, power cuts and thousands of homes affected.
Looking to the winter ahead, even more profound weather patterns are expected with forecasters predicting that temperatures could dip to as low as -14C in some parts of the UK.
For local authorities and developers alike, the result is increased onus on efforts to mitigate the impact of the UK’s increasingly erratic weather – with Sustainable Drainage Systems being a vital tactic in this.
In pre-empting this growing demand, Aggregate Industries recently launched its newly updated SuDS range offering a full suite of surface options; from aggregates designed to ensure excellent drainage characteristics through to permeable paving enabling water filtration, all of which can be used together or separately as part of a strategic SuDS drainage system.
Paul Wagstaff, Head of Product Management at Aggregate Industries, comments: “There is no getting away from the very real flood risk facing many parts of the UK and, as demonstrated by the recent issues, our current defence measures are limited. It is therefore imperative that local authorities, developers and all those operating in the construction sector take stock of the SuDS opportunity and the importance it can play in helping up be prepared, whatever the weather.”
Constituting one of the of the widest SuDS ranges in the construction industry, Aggregate Industries offer includes various foundation design and system surface options, including SuperFlow aggregates, Hydromedia ready-mixed concrete, Charcon infilta paving, Grassgrid block paving, Lytag lightweight aggregate, SuperDrainasphalt and SuperSport asphalt. Each product can be combined to offer a comprehensive and complete sustainable drainage system designed to help reduce flood risk and control and minimise pollution before it enters the watercourse.
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