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SPONGE

Artist's impression of courtyard

Sponge 2020

As part of the SPONGE project, Essex County Council is working with Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals to retrofit the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre courtyard with Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SuDS).

Funded by Interreg 2 Seas, the project will increase resilience against surface water flooding whilst simultaneously improving the communal space in Basildon Hospital for both patients and members of staff.

SuDS manage precipitation in a similar fashion to nature itself in order to minimise the effects of excessive rainfall. This can help to reduce water pollution and reduce surface water runoff. SuDS also create green spaces and habitats that encourage and improve biodiversity.

Stakeholder engagement

We carried out a stakeholder engagement event to find out what people wanted from this project. Some of the features we included as a result of this feedback are shown below:

Photos of the seating area and plating in the courtyard

Easy maintenance planting, natural materials and permanent seating areas

About the Basildon University Hospital project

The Basildon University Hospital project is composed of partners from the Dutch, British, and Flemish local governments, and water authorities working alongside local stakeholders in creating and delivering innovative solutions together that will make surface water easier to manage whilst making the site resilient to climate change. The project is funded by Interreg 2 seas which is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

ECC’s participation in SPONGE2020 supports the achievement of one of our Organisation Strategy priorities - 'help create great places to grow up, live and work', by reducing the impact of flooding whilst working with local communities to increase their resilience to flooding.

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