New research by Newcastle University suggests that Britain’s major towns and cities are at risk of increased flooding, with the study suggesting an “urgent need to design and adapt our cities to cope with these future conditions.”
Wavin, a manufacturer of plastic piping systems, will be bringing this debate to Ecobuild (ExCel London, 6 – 8 March 2018), and calling for more holistic drainage solutions that protect UK infrastructure now and in the future.
The conversation is part of the Future of Drainage campaign, set up to raise awareness of the threat of urban flooding and prompt action.
It has been created by Wavin in conjunction with ecobuild and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), to encourage involvement and action from every sector of the built environment, and beyond.
Wavin and ICE will be hosting a panel discussion at ecobuild titled ‘Policy vs Pragmatism’, chaired by leading infrastructure journalist Anthony Oliver.
Panellists will discuss issues surrounding implementation of policy for sustainable drainage systems, while also considering whether practical application can drive policy implementation forward.
Martin Lambley, product manager for foul, water and utilities management at Wavin, said: “As one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of below ground drainage solutions, Wavin is connected in every sense to the critical issues surrounding flood events.
“We don’t have all the answers yet to the question, ‘What is the future of drainage?’ That’s why we have joined forces with the Institution of Civil Engineers and ecobuild to stimulate debate and create a platform where we can encourage ideas and begin to find solutions to one of the engineering challenges of the age.”
As well as asking the question: “What does the Future of Drainage look like?”, the Future of Drainage stand will also feature an interactive flood tank designed by engineers, so visitors can conceptualise how cities including London may look after a significant flooding event.