Matchborourgh Primary School was originally drained conventionally with pipes with a pumping station to the storm sewer but parts of the site remained undrained due to levels.
Robert Bray Associates were appointed to review the limitations of the existing drainage. With the presence of an adjacent water course, we recommended a SuDS solution to avoid the capital and maintenance costs of the pumping station and Water Company charges to discharge to the sewer. This also presented the opportunity to provide water quality improvements and surface water storage through the system allowing a controlled flow of clean water to be discharged to the local stream. As the school was at an advanced stage of construction, some technologies such as permeable pavement were not possible. Therefore the SuDS design has exclusively used the landscape areas to manage rainfall.
The result is a school landscape punctuated with attractive SuDS basins and swales, with a wildlife wetland providing a valuable educational resource.