Oasis for White City

white-city-oasis-01-432_tcm21-194227Hammersmith & Fulham Council has agreed to invest in creating a cycling and pedestrian corridor, complete with sustainable drainage systems (SuDS), in Australia Road.

The site, at the front of the Randolph Beresford Early Years Centre, would create a community amenity with plants, trees, and special permeable paving that will help prevent flooding.

“This is a brilliant project that will literally create a green oasis for playing and learning in the heart of White City. It supports our plans for regeneration of the area and gives us a chance to introduce a SuDS scheme in the borough, which will reduce flood risks by minimising the amount of rainwater going into the combined sewer system,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents Services.

The system is designed so that during storms, the maximum amount of rainfall is retained on the site, rather than flowing into the combined sewer system. Rainwater from the school roof and other buildings will be guided via channels into the planted basins.

This is the second and, to date, largest scheme that will be installed in the borough after Kenmont Gardens, which is currently under construction. SuDS elements are also being incorporated into the Shepherd’s Bush Town Centre West scheme (Uxbridge Road and Goldhawk Road) and Thames Water’s Counters Creek schemes.

Funding for the scheme has come from a number of sources including the Transport for London as part of the Local Implementation Programme and funding specifically allocated for surface water management from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Construction will commence on site in March 2015.

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