What are SuDS?

SuDS or otherwise referred to as Sustainable Drainage Systems are used to manage the flow of surface water.

SuDS or otherwise referred to as Sustainable Drainage Systems are used to manage the flow of surface water. Moreover, the purpose of SuDS is to decrease the rate of water flow to watercourses and improve water quality. 


SuDS are most commonly used in urban areas due to the lack of natural infiltration, as there are many surfaces which are sealed by buildings and types of block paving. In comparison to more rural and natural environments, where the rainfall soaks into permeable surfaces through infiltration. 

In more built up environments and urban areas, Sustainable Drainage Systems consist of pipes and culverts which divert water built up on the surface to local watercourses. There are many different types of SuDS, that are used for different purposes and types of environments.


How do they work?


Sustainable Drainage Systems provide areas that store water in natural contours, to allow water to soak into the ground, as well as evaporate from surface water. SuDS can also transpire from vegetation.

Water that passes through small SuDS can feed into larger systems to manage the run-off from wider areas. It is recommended to avoid using pipes to control the water flow between different SuDS components. 


What are the different types of SuDS?


There are a variety of different types of SuDS available to developers, that contain different uses and different locations depending on the development of a rainfall landing area. The three main distinctions for the types of SuDS are site control, regional control and at source.

Site controlled SuDS consists of permeable paving which include larger scale methods of systems, mixed with the smaller scale products.


Why are they important?


SuDS are important as they prevent flooding by managing and slowing down the flow of surface water run-off. As well as reducing the risk of flooding in sewers during heavy rainfall. 

SuDS are also important and beneficial to environments as they can control water quality such as preventing water pollution. As well as controlling biodiversity such as providing valuable habitats for wildlife and plants. 


SuDS and Ace Resin


At Ace Resin, our resin bound materials are 100% compliant with SuDS regulations providing it is installed on a porous base. The resin bound aggregates consist of small gaps between each aggregate. This is where water is able to infiltrate through to the ground beneath.

A resin bound surface such as a driveway or pathway can handle up to 850 litres of water per sq/m per minute.

We install high-quality, durable and permeable resin bound driveways in line with government regulations.


Want to find out more about our SuDS compliant resin bound driveways? If you would like a free no obligation quote for your new driveway, please call us on 0207 856 0295 or email us at [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a resin bound driveway and a resin bonded driveway?

Resin Bound
Resin bound is an eco-friendly, highly porous paving solution for ground surfacing. It is a choice of decorative aggregates mixed with specialist resins then hand trowelled to give a flat smooth surface suitable for driveways, paths and patios.

Resin Bonded
Resin bond is laid in a different manner to resin bound materials. It involves applying a layer of resin to the existing surface, which aggregates are then scattered in to the top of. This gives a non-porous surface, which has a coarser finish and leaves a certain amount of loose stone on the final surface.

How long will a resin bound driveway last?

A resin bound driveway is a strong and durable surface, that is resistant to weather conditions. Comparable products like Tarmac or Asphalt can soften in the summer heat and freeze in cold of winter, they will also be damaged by UV light. Resin is much more stable than these alternatives performing well year round in some of the UK’s worst weather. Our driveways come with a 10 year guarantee and can last to a good standard for 25+ years.

Can I lay a resin driveway over my existing driveway?

This depends on the type and condition of your existing driveway. However, it should be laid on an appropriate sub-base of either asphalt or concrete. 

Do I need planning permission for a resin driveway?

If you have an existing driveway then planning permission will not be required. For any newly installed driveways or extensions planning permission is required for surfaces such as traditional block paving, flags and tarmac. 

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