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Posted: Monday 17th October 2011

J. Murphy & Sons Limited (Murphy) has completed construction of a rain garden in Islington as part of its community work for Islington Councilís social housing estates.

The rain garden has been designed by Bob Bray, a Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) design specialist with many years experience in conceptualising and building these type of gardens. His work is utilised across the UK in both high and low density areas.

Islington Council wanted to implement the garden to allow rainwater to naturally infiltrate into the subsurface or flow slowly into the sewer system, reducing the peak flow rate from the estate.

The Ashby Grove rain garden has been retrofitted into the existing grounds and is designed to remove roof water from one of the social housing units in the area. One of the roof downpipes has been disconnected, allowing water to flow directly into the newly built garden.

The site was designated as zero waste, so no materials were removed from the existing site during the building and installation of the new garden.

Community engagement was carried out prior to the design and build process. This included writing to residents and working alongside the local gardening club. An information board has also been produced to inform local people of the gardenís function and the role it plays within the community.

The rain garden will be maintained by Homes for Islington, which currently provides maintenance services for all of the boroughís open space on social housing estates.

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