Plymouth City Centre: Integrating public space, sustainable mobility and biodiversity for storm water management
Armada Way is the principle thoroughfare in the city centre. It features gardens, open spaces, and cafe areas. The city centre is undergoing redevelopment. A masterplan has been prepared, which identifies key redevelopment opportunities. However, recent cases have shown that lack of drainage for storm water is a constraint to development because of the levels of flood risk. Currently flood water causes damage and disruption in the low-lying areas, especially when tides are high and prevent drainage to the sea. The development sites have little or no space to install storm water control. The adjacent public realm offers a solution, and working with developers could bring additional resources to both improve its quality and demonstrate new SUDS approaches. A demonstration is planned. A SUDS scheme featuring natural vegetation (e.g. reed bed, pond, trees) will be integrated with new planting, cycle route, play and paved areas so as to maximise additional societal benefits. The scheme will be designed to link up with other similar SUDS as part of a city centre SUDS network, so that storm water can be managed at the surface throughout the city centre so preventing flooding. It will illustrate how the cross border design principles developed by all WRC project partners can be put into practice, and contribute to a suite of design ideas and solutions. The pilot contributes to implementation of Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan, and Local Flood Risk Management Strategy.