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SDS Returns to the Highways UK Show

SDS’s industry-leading products reliably protect the UK’s highways from surface water flooding and shield the surrounding environment from pollution. Exciting developments in our company during 2019 mean we are returning to the Highways UK show with news of an expanding product portfolio.

Visitors to our Stand C31 will learn of new developments in our SYMBiotICTM innovative control technologies that will enable smart water management systems to be integrated with our existing product ranges.

After being shortlisted for last year’s Innovation Awards, we’ll be bringing the latest news of SDS Aqua-XchangeTM, the sustainable drainage innovation that turns roadside filter drains into devices that prevent toxic metals pollution.  Since last year’s show, the first UK installation has been successfully installed to clean-up pollution on the M56 in Cheshire, and there are plans for further projects in the pipeline.

SDS is now the UK’s exclusive manufacturer and supplier of Weholite pipes, thanks to the recent acquisition of Asset International. Weholite HDPE structure wall systems come with a coveted HAPAS (Highways Authorities Product Approval Scheme) accreditation and combine outstanding performance with value and ease of installation.

Our water quality expert Jo Bradley joins a programme of distinguished speakers to discuss “How NOT to design highway drainage in the 21st century.”  See her presentation at 11.50am on Wednesday in the Tarmac Civils and Materials Dome.

SDS’s experienced team of water management experts will be on hand to discuss your highways drainage requirements. Highways UK is a major event for the people and organisations involved in the planning, designing, building, operating and future-proofing of the UK’s road network. It captures and shares thought leadership at the leading edge of infrastructure development – especially Intelligent Infrastructure.

For more information visit www.highways-uk.com.

What our Customers say

The ability to meet new best practice guidelines on the quality of surface water runoff was a primary objective of this project. We worked closely with SDS to understand how their stormwater treatment products can deliver suitable water quality improvements; this allowed us to illustrate that the ‘pollution hazard’ associated with the site was adequately mitigated by the specified treatment devices.

Wayne Llewellyn, Principal Engineering Co-ordinator, RPS Planning & Development.

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SDS at Flood Expo 2019

SDS will be presenting the company’s most extensive array of products at this year’s Flood Expo.

Following our recent acquisition of Asset International and the Weholite product range, we are able to offer an even broader selection of surface water attenuation and pipe systems, ensuring that every development can be catered for. We will have experts on hand to tell you more about Weholite equipment.

Furthermore, the addition, earlier this year, of Waterscan’s Water Recycling Division means that we can now enable developments to reuse water, by providing a suite of rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling solutions.

 

We will also be providing a first, sneak preview of our exciting new SYMBiotIC™ system – smart, Internet of Things enabled technology that is set to revolutionise rain- and surface- water management. SDS SYMBiotIC™ combines cloud-based software and purpose-designed hardware to create a new, intelligent water management solution.

We are excited to tell you more and look forward to welcoming you to our Stand E28.

What our Customers say

GEOlight® geocellular storage from SDS was the obvious choice for the water management solution designed by Ulrich Groenewald of the engineering project team from AECOM, in coordination with SDS. We were able to work with the architect to deliver a drainage design that satisfied regulations and reflected our analysis of what rainfall we might expect.

Michael Orr, Principal Engineer, AECOM

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SDS acquires Weholite business

SDS announces its acquisition of Asset International Weholite business effective Monday 5 August. The move affirms the company’s strategic vision to advance the development of innovative products and services that sustainably manage water.

The acquisition includes the exclusive rights to manufacture Weholite large diameter plastic pipes in the UK and Ireland. Weholite structured wall products are widely acknowledged throughout the industry as the most technically advanced, used by all UK Water Companies as part of their drainage and sewerage infrastructure.

SDS takes over the operation of Asset International’s Newport-based manufacturing facility. The plant, which has been operating for more than 20 years, has the capacity to produce 10,000 tonnes of Weholite products each year, including the manufacture of its BBA HAPAS approved industry-leading HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) large diameter (gravity and low pressure structured wall) pipe.

The new business will trade under the names of ‘Weholite Limited’ and ‘Weholite International Limited’. SDS will provide continuity of service to all Weholite customers and takes on immediate responsibility for ensuring the delivery of current and planned projects.

 

Patrick Cullen, Managing Director of SDS, said: “Our acquisition of Asset International’s Weholite business marks a major milestone in our strategic vision to expand the development of innovative, efficient and cost-effective products and services that tackle the challenges of managing water from source to sea and deliver vital water security. Water is both a vital resource for life and a danger to our livelihoods. Whether we have too much or too little, the critical infrastructure required to ensure its supply, whilst also protecting us from flooding, is under increasing stress. The way we manage water in future, therefore, will be fundamental not only to protecting the environment, but also to human well-being and commercial prosperity.”

What our Customers say

SDS played a crucial role in designing a bespoke SuDS solution for this substantial development. As we continue to take on further rail development projects, we will be turning to SDS for their invaluable knowledge and expertise in this specialist and increasingly important sector.

Nico Wessels, Site Manager, VolkerFitzpatrick.

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SDS acquires Waterscan’s water recycling business

SDS is delighted to announce our acquisition of the water recycling division of Waterscan Ltd, including Waterscan’s well-established commercial rainwater recycling business and its innovative Intellistorm® smart rainwater management system.

The acquisition is a significant step in SDS’s plans for business growth and will help accelerate the development of our sustainable water management technologies for water recycling and reuse, including Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS).

SDS will take on immediate responsibility for Waterscan’s current and planned rainwater recycling projects covering design, supply, installation and maintenance of commercial greywater and rainwater recycling systems.

 

Patrick Cullen, Managing Director of SDS Limited, said: “The realities of a climate change emergency demand a committed and determined response to build flood resilience and reduce water consumption.

“We have to change the way we think about sustainable drainage systems and treat rainwater first and foremost as a resource, not as a problem to be managed or mitigated. With climate change predicted to lead to more intense heavy rain storms and flood our priority should be to make use of collected rainwater and prevent it from entering an overloaded sewer network.

Kevin Reed, Water Recycling Manager at Waterscan, has transferred to SDS in his current capacity and will continue to provide unbroken service to existing Waterscan customers.

What our Customers say

We were able to complete the works during ten overnight closures, with minimal disruption to the travelling public. We found it easy to make quick progress and to install a 130 metre length of filter drain each night. It was very refreshing to work closely with the SDS team and to experience their real commitment to seeing the environmental benefits of this product being realised.

Ben Dobson, Director, BDB.

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SDS sponsors WWT Sustainable Drainage Conference

We are pleased to announce that SDS are sponsors of the WWT Sustainable Drainage Systems Conference, taking place on Wednesday May 1 in Birmingham.

The conference will bring together water companies, local authorities, developers and contractors to debate the current challenges and opportunities for greater SuDS delivery in the UK, and to share developing best practice.

Around a theme of “Changing the mindset around SuDS: Taking an Integrated Approach to Surface Water Management”, the conference will explore new opportunities for multiple stakeholders to work together and realise the full potential of SuDS to take the strain off sewers and other infrastructure to prevent flooding and pollution.

 

The impressive line-up of leading industry experts includes SDS’s Market Development Manager, Jo Bradley, whose presentation focuses on “Effectively managing the quality of surface water runoff whilst minimising harmful pollutants.”  The full agenda also includes retrofitting SuDS, issues for improved adoption and maintenance, as well as monetising and measuring the cost benefits of SuDS.

Jo will also join an expert panel discussion on the impact of greater water company involvement in the design and implementation of SuDS in the light of Sewers for Adoption 8, and the implications for overall performance of water management systems.

To view the full agenda and book your ticket, please visit the event website.

What our Customers say

The SDS team know their business and know better than anyone how to install the tanks. SDS have a good safe system of work, so we had comfort in that as well...Although on smaller schemes we do sometimes install storage crates ourselves, working with SDS meant we could hand over the installation of the tank to them. The SDS team were totally self-sufficient and extremely slick. They are the experts and were able to complete the installation within 7 weeks, with both speed and skill.

Allan Crozier, Senior Project Manager, P.J. Careys.

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Sustainable drainage enters the mainstream

The effects of climate change were recently spelled out in no uncertain terms in a watershed report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In it scientists made a last-ditch plea for unprecedented change to stop our planet warming to catastrophic levels. Frequently underestimated compared to the effects of coastal and river flooding however, surface water flooding threatens millions of homes and businesses across the UK. Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are key to building resilience, and the good news is that they are finally becoming mainstream.

Stortford Fields housing development, the UK’s largest SDS GEOlight installation

In August, there were encouraging results from the Government’s review of how effective including SuDS in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has been in promoting greater uptake in England. It found that almost 87 per cent of all approved planning applications reviewed included explicit mention of SuDS. For architects involved in commercial or housing schemes, the consideration should no longer be whether to include SuDS. Instead the question is, what will constitute a great design? Published in July, the revised NPPF added a requirement for SuDS to provide, where possible, ‘multifunctional’ benefits. Instead of just being a means of getting rid of excess water, drainage becomes an opportunity to reuse or recycle it, and to work with nature to create biodiversity or public amenity. The new emphasis reflects wider ambitions to encourage ‘blue green’ infrastructure in urban environments, combining the best that nature can provide with engineering expertise to produce a transformational result.

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What our Customers say

By master-planning and installing necessary infrastructure at the very beginning, we have future-proofed our community at Berewood, making it more resilient to the horrid weather we have seen recently. The result is that in spite of the worst rainfall for 150 years the land at Berewood has never looked drier.

John Beresford, Development Director, Grainger plc.

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SDS Tackles Highway Metals Pollution

SDS has developed a groundbreaking new sustainable drainage material that offers a simple and versatile solution to removing toxic heavy metals pollution from highways. SDS Aqua-XchangeTM is a flexible and highly-efficient granular material that captures copper and zinc in surface water runoff from motorways, trunk roads and other high-traffic areas.

SDS Aqua-XchangeTM can be used in regulatory-compliant Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS). It has been proven in independent testing to achieve 99% removal of dissolved copper and zinc, toxic metals identified by Highways England as ‘priority pollutants’ and subject to strict regulatory controls.

Delivered to site in lightweight, one cubic metre bags, SDS Aqua-XchangeTM is now available for consulting engineers and infrastructure contractors to deploy as stormwater treatment in highways drainage, as well as on other higher risk locations such as retail car parks, freight and logistics hubs.

SDS worked with scientists at the University of Chester to perfect SDS Aqua-XchangeTM. A unique combination of naturally-occurring materials, it uses the processes of adsorption and ionic exchange to form unbreakable bonds with the heavy metals, including copper and zinc, capturing and retaining them even in heavy storms.

In a typical application, a layer of SDS Aqua-XchangeTM can be added as an additional component to a linear filter drain. Installed at a shallow depth, contractors avoid costly excavation or use of heavy cranes.

 

SDS Aqua-XchangeTM can also be combined effectively with other proprietary SuDS devices. As it can filter out finer silts and sediments, it can be deployed downstream of a hydrodynamic vortex separator such as SDS Aqua-SwirlTM that targets larger particles. It can also be combined with geocellular storage, such as SDS GEOlight®, when additional attenuation is needed as part of the roadside treatment system.

Compliant with guidelines in CIRIA C753 The SuDS Manual, SDS Aqua-XchangeTM can be included as a component in vegetative SuDS devices such as dry swales, raingardens or bio-remediation zones, so that robust retention of copper and zinc is completely assured while plants can continue to thrive as part of the landscaped design.

What our Customers say

SDS played a crucial role in designing a bespoke SuDS solution for this substantial development. As we continue to take on further rail development projects, we will be turning to SDS for their invaluable knowledge and expertise in this specialist and increasingly important sector.

Nico Wessels, Site Manager, VolkerFitzpatrick.

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Local Authority SuDS Demand Prompts UK Production Deal

Increasing sales of our Aqua-SwirlTM hydrodynamic vortex separator, used to remove polluting silts and sediments from surface water runoff as part of SuDS, has prompted a new partnership with off-site build specialist Asset International.

The innovative technology of the Aqua-SwirlTM was first introduced to the UK market in 2015 along with its sister high-performance filtration system, the Aqua-FilterTM. Production of both devices has already begun at Asset’s state-of-the-art fabrication plant in Newport, using Weholite HDPE components, and the first products have been delivered to site.

The arrangement has more than halved the delivery times to SDS customers as well as providing more opportunity to engineer bespoke components to meet the precise requirements of a drainage design,” says SDS Sales and Marketing Director Richard Averley.

SDS has a well-established reputation among contractors for making it easy and affordable to install compliant sustainable drainage schemes. The SDS Aqua-SwirlTM’s lightweight, plastic construction and large choice of sizes already make it a popular choice. Now contractors can expect even quicker delivery and the opportunity to specify bespoke piped connections to fit the drainage layout on site, thanks to Asset’s superior pre-fabrication facility and the benefits of the Weholite product.

 

Since April 2015, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has required SuDS to be included in major commercial and housing developments in England. “We expect demand for water quality treatment devices to continue to grow, now that the Government has committed to building more SuDS as part of its 25-year Environment Plan, as well as further strengthening the NPPF to include a requirement for SuDS to be multi-functional,” Richard continues.

Simon Thomas, Managing Director of Asset International, said: “Asset International has more than 35 years’ experience of delivering UK manufacturing excellence in drainage and pipework products. So we are delighted to be partnering with SDS to provide a home base to meet the growing demand for stormwater treatment products.

 

What our Customers say

We were able to complete the works during ten overnight closures, with minimal disruption to the travelling public. We found it easy to make quick progress and to install a 130 metre length of filter drain each night. It was very refreshing to work closely with the SDS team and to experience their real commitment to seeing the environmental benefits of this product being realised.

Ben Dobson, Director, BDB.

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Guidance ‘will encourage more blue-green infrastructure’

NEW guidance appears to give water companies greater freedom to adopt Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and to introduce more rainwater saving and re-use schemes, as well as encouraging the integration of surface water assets into blue-green infrastructure.

Guidance 'will encourage more blue-green infrastructure'

Mark Manning, SDS Business Development Manager, said the guidance’s emphasis on encouraging the multiple benefits of SuDS should be seized as an opportunity for Water Companies to combine water saving with flood risk management.

Not only does the document stress that SuDS should be multi-functional, it also reminds us that opportunities for rainwater to be reused should always be considered first in the design hierarchy.

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What our Customers say

GEOlight® geocellular storage from SDS was the obvious choice for the water management solution designed by Ulrich Groenewald of the engineering project team from AECOM, in coordination with SDS. We were able to work with the architect to deliver a drainage design that satisfied regulations and reflected our analysis of what rainfall we might expect.

Michael Orr, Principal Engineer, AECOM

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Pragmatism Will Reap Rewards

A new sense of optimism is in the air among long-time supporters of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) who have battled to see their more widespread use.

Mark Manning, Business Development Manager, offers practical advice on how to interpret changes to the planning system aimed at driving forward the use of SuDS.

The government began 2018 with a New Year’s resolution embodied in its 25 Year Environment Plan to put more SuDS in place. This was followed up by confirmation of revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), aimed at reinforcing the requirement for SuDS to be included in major new developments.

The environmental benefits that SuDS deliver are clear, both in terms of managing flood risk and protecting the receiving water environment from pollution. Climate change means more intense storms are likely in future and it makes perfect sense to manage rainwater sustainably, as close as possible to the place where it first falls.

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What our Customers say

The principle of sustainability is fundamental to the development of Westgate Shopping Centre and our adherence to this principle provided our surface water drainage requirements with a number of difficulties to overcome. In close co-operation with SDS we established a unique solution comprising a combination of attenuation tanks, suspended above the basement car park and sandwiched between down stand beams and ground floor slab. Having researched extensively the options available to us it became apparent that only SDS was able to conceive and engineer an effective solution and also undertake its manufacture and installation.

Harry Chetty, Senior Associate Director, Waterman Infrastructure & Environment Ltd.

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What our Customers say

SDS played a crucial role in designing a bespoke SuDS solution for this substantial development. As we continue to take on further rail development projects, we will be turning to SDS for their invaluable knowledge and expertise in this specialist and increasingly important sector.

Nico Wessels, Site Manager,VolkerFitzpatrick, attenuation system for Stoke Gifford train maintenance centre

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