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Briefing: sustainable drainage for sports pitch developments

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posted on 13.04.2015 by Murray R. Simpson, Paul Fleming, Matthew Frost
Effective management of storm water is of paramount importance in urban development, and drainage design is usually governed by planning constraints. In the development of sports pitches, planning bodies often impose discharge constraints, and frequently class such areas as impermeable surfaces, thus treating their drainage behaviour in a similar fashion to roads and pavements, which may require the provision of separate attenuation. This briefing presents preliminary findings of a project to assess the drainage behaviour of sports pitch developments. The work undertaken to date suggests only a fraction of water falling on a pitch (rain) is discharged to the drains, identifying an apparent attenuation capacity and potential over-design within current sports pitch drainage systems. In addition to the low discharge volumes measured from pitch systems, there has also been a broad range of flow rates experienced. This led to the development of a bespoke flow monitoring device, FloPod. Designed and fabricated at Loughborough University, this device allows a broad range of flow rates to be measured without compromising aspects of data resolution and reliability – key factors that were not found in commercially available devices.

Funding

This project is funded by Loughborough University through its graduate school programme, with external funding support from Sport England (SE) and the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG).

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS-MUNICIPAL ENGINEER

Volume

166

Issue

4

Pages

211 - 215 (5)

Citation

SIMPSON, M.R., FLEMING, P.R. and FROST, M.W., 2013. Briefing: sustainable drainage for sports pitch developments. Proceedings of the ICE - Municipal Engineer, 166 (4), pp. 211 - 215.

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© ICE Publishing

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Publication date

2013

Notes

This article was published in the journal, Proceedings of the ICE - Municipal Engineer [© ICE Publishing]. It is also available at: http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/content/serial/muen

ISSN

0965-0903

Language

en

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