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The site is located at Grid Reference SX 442 576 in the Barne Barton area of
Plymouth. The development site falls within Flood Zone 1 and therefore has a low
probability of flooding. The site is not at risk from tidal or fluvial flooding, overland
sheet flow or groundwater.

The existing school was a recent new build and surface water drainage design for the
school was in accordance with the approved Mott MacDonald 2006 Flood Risk
Assessment for the proposed development. Surface water drainage design was for the
30 Year and 100 Year Design Storm Events. A previous intrusive site investigation
identified that ground conditions were suitably permeable to allow for storm water
drainage to be dealt with via infiltration. Soakaways were installed on site to deal with
surface water run off for the 30 Year Design Storm and on site surface water ponding
within the site boundary was allowed for in the design to deal with the additional run
off generated from the greater storm events.

Surface Water Drainage

The new school extension totals 770m
of impermeable area being constructed on
existing soft landscaping permeable areas and existing impermeable positively
drained areas.

At this time, we would propose an infiltration based drainage design for the new
development, with all storm water drainage from the extension and associated
external works going to a new soakaway. The soakaway will be designed based on the
1 in 100 Year Design Storm event plus 20% in peak rainfall intensities to allow for
climate change.

We will deal with the storm water drainage from the total new development site of
via the new soakaway. This will effectively remove 380m
of existing
positively drained impermeable areas from the existing storm water drainage network
and soakaway providing betterment in the existing drainage network.
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Additional percolation testing will need to be carried out in the vicinity of the new
extension to confirm infiltration rates and the feasibility of a new soakaway in that
location. If infiltration rates are good we would propose permeable paving for the
external works with sufficient below ground attenuation to also deal with storm water
run off from the extension building. If infiltration rates in this area are not adequate,
then we will consider the construction of a new soakaway in the area of the MUGA to
the rear of the school. This will require storm water drainage from the new
development to be positively drained to the location of the proposed soakaway.

The new on site surface water drainage will also be designed in accordance with the
Building Regulation: Part H: Drainage and Waste Disposal 2002 Edition. All pipe
sizes and gradients will be determined taking into account the catchment area draining
to each length, and a self cleaning velocity of 0.75m/s based upon a 50mm/Hr rainfall.
The network will be modelled and upgraded where necessary to ensure that it has
sufficient capacity to deal with the 100 Year design Strom + 20% in peak rainfall
intensities to allow for climate change.

Following detailed design, full details of the surface water drainage can be provided
to discharge any storm water drainage Planning Conditions attached to a Planning

Foul Water Drainage

A new foul water drainage network was constructed to serve the new school. This
foul water drainage network discharged into a new on site foul water pumping station
that then pumped foul water drainage off site into the South West Water foul water
sewers at the junction of Poole Park Road and Savage Road.

Building Regulations require the foul water receiving chamber to be sized to contain
24Hr inflow to allow for disruption in service. At this time we have no information on
any available spare capacity within the receiving chamber. At detailed design stage
the additional inflow will be calculated and the storage volume checked. If necessary
the receiving chamber storage will be increased to serve the additional flows from the
new development. As foul water drainage is pumped off site at a controlled rate and
the rate of discharge will not increase there will be no capacity issues within the
receiving South West Water sewer.

On site the new foul water drainage will be designed in accordance with the Building
Regulations: Part H: Drainage and Waste Disposal 2002 Edition. This details
acceptable pipe sizes and associated pipe gradients all of which will be applied to the

Mike Quigley
Airey & Coles Consulting Engineers