SuDS in London Guide

The guidance responds to the Mayor of London’s Climate Change Strategy which cites surface water flood risk as the greatest short-term climate threat for London. It demonstrates how SuDS (sustainable drainage) can become an integral part of the streetscape and the variety of important environmental, economic and social benefits SuDS offers.

The guidance is consistent with TfL’s overarching Healthy Streets agenda, concerning a greater emphasis on walking and cycling in London. It offers proven ways to address surface water flood risks by managing surface water in a way that mimics natural processes. Chief is slowing down runoff rate whilst providing wider benefits including air quality, provision of amenity space, creation of a sense of place, enhanced property values and the opportunity for healthier living. The Guide takes an innovative approach to communicating the opportunities and complexities of SuDS in the London context through cut-away illustrations of recognisable streetscape scenarios.


Client Transport for London
Location London, England
Date 2014-2016
Awards 2017 NLA Award Transport & Infrastructure


Lead Consultant and Report Author J&L Gibbons
Report Co-author Civic Engineers
Collaborators Robert Bray Associates, Tim O’Hare Associates, DWD and Jackson Coles for Transport for London
External stakeholders Nick Ayling Thames Water, Owen Davies Royal Borough of Greenwich, Dave Hobbs Environment Agency, Peter Massini Greater London Authority, Neil Monaghan Environment Agency, Kevin Reid Greater London Authority, George Warren London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
Editing TfL, Robin Buckle and George Weeks