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Training & Research

As industry leaders in SuDS, Illman Young have contributed to a number of published research reports, and facilitated training workshops for a wide range of organisations.  We have also provided evidence to various government committees regarding surface water management, and were Expert Advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group report into water management by the APPG for Excellence in the Built Environment.
Research and publications:
  • Achieving SuDS – a review of delivery by Lead Local Flood Authorities  – lead authors for this report into how the planning system is currently performing in the delivery of SuDS
  • Surface Water Management in Humanitarian Contexts: Practical Guidance for Field Practitioners – input to this report along with other SuDS specialists , engineers and charitable organisations, to inform those working in the sector how to protect displaced populations from Surface Water Flooding, to prevent poor living conditions and maintain site access
  • Integrated Sustainable Design Solutions for Modular Neighbourhoods – funded by East Midlands Development Agency and Delivered by West Northamptonshire Development Agency – the guidance covered waste, water and energy.  Illman Young provided the input to these developer Guidelines regarding best practice on Surface Water management.
  • BEST (Built Environment Sustainability Training): attached to Cardiff University and funded through the European Social Fund and Welsh Government We developed training materials and including practical exercises, and delivered training in number of locations in Wales to a variety of professionals working within the drainage / landscape sector including local authority personnel
  • CIRIA – lead trainer at a number of CIRIA events including provision of training to professionals in Iceland
  • Landscape Institute – provision of CPD sessions to members of the Landscape Institute at various venues around Britain
  • Conferences – guest speaker and panel member at a variety of conferences from Ecobuild to CIWEM
Illman Young produced their own promotional animation to explain, in light hearted way, the concept of SuDS and how we can all play our part in reducing the impact of surface water flooding. We all know there are flooding problems which affect many people, but few realise the scale of the problem, why it’s getting worse, and that they too have the potential to help solve it, both in their personal and professional capacity by ‘nibbling’ at the problem, all the time, everywhere……………Watch the video below!