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Drainage Innovation Exchange

March 27, 2017

In February Highways England, who have been working in conjunction with British Water, hosted a drainage innovation exchange in Birmingham to share ideas and generate an interest in innovative highways drainage solutions.

The event was attended by over 130 delegates, including Highways England representatives, partners from our supply chain and other drainage experts.

The format of the day was a series of Dragons’ Den-style presentations from drainage suppliers to a panel of Highways England specialists. The suppliers were then awarded a Red, Amber or Green status for their products, depending on how promising their application was for use in the highways drainage context. In addition, talks were given by the Regional Investment Programme Business Improvement team, members of the Drainage and Water Environment team, Highways England Head of Innovation and British Water.

The day was a great success: there was a lively atmosphere, connections were made and the scene was set for innovation with a focus on delivering efficiencies.

The Drainage Innovation Exchange was organised as part of a wider project investigating drainage efficiencies. This project will culminate in the production of a Drainage Efficiencies ‘How To’ Guide, designed to offer practical guidance to assist those involved in the design and delivery of Regional Investment Programme drainage schemes to do so with a view to financial efficiencies. It is aimed at Highways England Project Managers and Assistant Project Managers, to provoke discussion with their Designers and Contractors. The final document should be rolled out to project teams in the spring.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Claire Minett, Regional Investment Programme, Business Improvement: claire.minett@highwaysengland.co.uk

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