With the climate emergency requiring local authorities to deliver climate adaptation measures to manage increasingly frequent extreme weather events, the scheme included Cambridgeshire County Council’s first Sustainable Urban Drainage (SuD) infrastructure.
By deploying SuDS, we responded to the need for climate resilience by designing in attractive low-maintenance rain gardens. These not only improved the streetscape but also slow down surface water runoff into drains by mimicking natural drainage into the ground. This reduces the risk of surface water flooding on the road network, deters verge parking and filters out pollutants carried off the road by surface water run-off.
By designing the scheme with bespoke cycle-friendly combined kerb and drainage units, we were able to use lowered kerb upstands which remove the need for gullies and allow cyclists to use the entire width of the cycleway.