Sunday 29 March 2020

Blue Infrastructure - A Practical Guide to Implementing Sustainable Drainage Systems - SuDS

EMC, in conjunction with Design Midlands are running a series of four half day masterclasses. 

The seminar will provide an understanding on the importance, benefits and the practicalities in achieving robust SuDS including:

  • a workshop looking at the constraints and opportunities of sites, focusing on the multiple benefits of SuDS – getting the right scheme in the right place; and
  • reference to recent case studies

Speaker Biographies

David Singleton Director DSA Environment + Design Ltd

David Singleton’s experience covers a wide range of environmental design and management practice, from planning scale down to detailed design working with commercial, voluntary and public sector clients. He is an advisor to CIRIA in the development of guidance for Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) and worked on the Project Steering Group for the new SuDS Manual.

Matthew Johnson Senior Engineer MEng CEng MICE. Arup

Matthew Johnson is a senior civil engineer with Arup in Nottingham and is a Chartered member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Matthew has been involved in numerous civil engineering and infrastructure projects, with over 11 years of experience as a consultant engineer. His technical strengths are sustainable drainage schemes and flood risk assessment, covering projects from planning to completion. He has been involved in drainage schemes for aviation, rail, residential, industrial, commercial, educational, and energy projects. Matthew is passionate about learning and applying technical expertise to challenging projects.

Who should attend?

Professional, practical and useable training courses for local authority officers, the voluntary and private sector with an interest in the practicalities of place making.  Numbers of attendees are limited to support discussion between participants and the trainer. 

The courses will provide participants with current best practice and an enhanced understanding of each subject.  


Thursday 13th February 2020



Registration and refreshments from 9.00am

There will be an opportunity for networking during lunch which is provided.


Glenn Howells Architects, 321 Bradford Street, Birmingham, B5 6ET


Local Authority Members of East Midlands Councils and West Midlands Employers - £95 + VAT

Non-members £150 + VAT

Please note that purchase order numbers are required. 

Special Offer

The Masterclasses are a series of 4 events.  If a member local authority sends delegates to all sessions there will be a discounted rate of £85 + VAT per event.

13th February 2020 AM - Blue Infrastructure - ‘A Practical Guide to Implementing Sustainable Drainage Systems - SuDS’

13th February 2020 PM – Manual for Streets, Getting it Right

19th March 2020 AM – What’s character got to do with it?

19th March 2020 PM - How to achieve a QUALITY green development?

CPD Certificates will be provided at the end of the day. 

How to book:

To book a place please complete the online booking form below.  The closing date is Thursday 6th February 2020.

Terms and Conditions:

Please read the terms and conditions regarding cancellation here.




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