East Ordsall Lane Sustainable Urban Drainage (SuDS) Scheme

Urban Vision, a joint venture with Capita, Salford City Council and Galliford Try, aim to help Salford Council achieve their Green City Programme - a strategic city-wide initiative which aims to deliver a ‘Green City’.

Urban Vision’s landscape architects, drainage engineers and highway engineers designed and delivered a green infrastructure scheme on East Ordsall Lane in Salford.

East Ordsall Lane was picked for a sustainable drainage system scheme due to the street being located in a built up ‘grey’ urban area in need of some greenery.

What we did:

As part of City of Trees ‘City Re-Leaf’ programme which identified 1,000 ‘grey’ streets in Salford and Manchester that needed a new lease of life, Urban Vision supported this vision by implementing street trees.

Nine trees were planted along the roadside at East Ordsall Lane, seven of which are taking rainwater run-off from the highway into specially designed tree pits – five on East Ordsall Lane and two on Clermont Way. The species of tree have been chosen specifically to maximise air quality improvement.

These trees pits were designed to distribute surface water run-off to the tree roots to allow contaminated diffuse pollution to be taken up by the trees. Some of the benefits of the tree pits include reducing flow to the public sewer system, less energy used to treat run-off at treatment work, improved water quality as trees remove heavy metals and silt and there remains the potential for trees to improve air quality.

Bespoke thermoplastic linings and an interpretation art board have been installed to demonstrate to the public what’s happening below ground.

The list of services provided by Urban Vision included:
  • Landscape Design
  • Drainage Engineering
  • Cost consultancy
  • CDM services
The outcome:

Local residents are now enjoying the new greenery in their community which is helping support community pride and health and wellbeing to the environment.

The street trees have successfully brought a bit of green to an area that’s largely grey and built up. 


New Bailey rain garden and SuDS scheme


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Urban Vision’s Highways Team

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Resident of Blackburn

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Capita’s street lighting team