New scheme launched as H&F forges ahead with urban drainage

H&F Council's urban drainage schemes have led it to become the lead London authority on flood management.

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The new 'SuDS' scheme has opened in Stevenage Road

A sustainable drainage scheme in Fulham has cemented Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s place as the leading London authority for green flood management.

The new sustainable drainage scheme (SuDS) in Stevenage Road is the latest in a series of pioneering projects to minimise localised flooding and improve the green landscape of H&F.

It follows on from the successful introduction of similar schemes in Mendora Road, Fulham, Melina Road, Shepherds Bush and the award-winning Bridget Joyce Square in Australia Road, White City.

“We are proud to be leading the way when it comes to introducing greener urban flood reduction schemes in our borough,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.

“We are determined to become the greenest borough in the country and will continue to find innovative and practical ways to tackle problems such as flooding.

“Schemes like this can also provide green refuges for residents to enjoy and where wildlife can thrive.”

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Stevenage Road before the transformation

H&F Council’s highways and parks teams worked closely with contractors FM Conway and Quadron to deliver the new project which involved adapting the pedestrianised section of Stevenage Road beside Rowberry Mead.

Work included the installation of an eco-friendly permeable hard surfacing of the carriageway, that is made up of 25 per cent recycled rubber from old tyres.

Raingardens have also been created in between the existing trees to help slow the flow of rainwater in to the sewer system, reducing flash floods during downpours.

The raingardens have been filled with of perennial plants which will help to create a green corridor that makes the road look more pleasant and attracts wildlife, as well as helping with the drainage.

The project was funded jointly by H&F’s Flooding Team and Transport for London (TfL).

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