Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems

T.J. O’Connor & Associates have extensive experience in the planning, design and construction of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) for local authority, private residential and commercial schemes, with SUDS features now an integral part of our Civil Engineering design services.

The firm was responsible for the design, procurement and supervision of the Bishopswater Catchment Flood Attenuation Pond in Wexford. This regional detention basin facilitated the re-zoning and development of 100hA on the outskirts of Wexford Town. Careful selection of the site minimised the requirements for extensive earthworks.

T.J. O’Connor & Associates were responsible for the Waterville development at Snugborough Road, Blanchardstown which comprised a residential development of approximately 1,600 residential units on a 40hA site. This site included a 16hA local park including a 6,000m2 retention pond with wetland area. Considerations, such as dry weather recirculation and groundwater top up of the pond, were addressed from the outset to ensure that water quality was an essential design consideration as well as design flows

Other projects involving innovative SUDS Solutions include Hebron Road Housing Development in Kilkenny, Castleknock Golf Course, which includes an extensive surface runoff recovery system to minimise golf course irrigation costs, and Horizon Logistics Park where swales and filter drains were used extensively.

The firm was also responsible for the preparation of a Preliminary Report for a Sustainable Urban Drainage Scheme for the Monard SDZ in Cork, providing for a new community of 5000 houses and associated town and village services on a 400hA greenfield site close to Cork City. Hydraulic modelling was undertaken to identify potential land take for such components and a SUDS management train was proposed

Key Features:

  • Innovative and economic design
  • Treatment train approach
  • Integrated solutions with emphasis on improvements in water quantity, water quality and amenity/biodiversity

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